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Tragedy Avoided In Jones County House Fire

Tragedy avoided in Jones County house fire
by Linda Cranford
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Photo by Linda Cranford
Photo by Linda Cranford

The quick response of Jones County volunteer firefighters, Friday afternoon, September 27, prevented a bad situation from turning into a tragedy when a fire started in the bedroom of a home in the Glade community.

At around 5 p.m., Sydney Loper said she was getting ready to go to the Northeast Jones football game when she smelled smoke. She checked around the house and when she opened the door to her bedroom, the room was full of smoke and the top of her wicker desk was on fire.

She gathered her five little dogs and ran outside calling 911. She contacted Jerry Lindsey, who lives next door and who owns the home she and her mom, Johnna, and sister, Kaitlyn McNeill, are renting. Lindsey ran over with a fire extinguisher and when he entered the front door, the smoke was already too thick and he said he knew he wouldn’t be able to make it to the fire. Loper’s mom and sister were not at home when the fire started.

Within minutes of receiving the dispatch, Glade Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Don Malson arrived on scene; shut all the doors to the home, and when Johnna arrived on scene stopped her from entering the home to retrieve their four cats that were still inside. Volunteer fire units from Glade, Powers and M&M arrived shortly thereafter, entered the home through the front door, and was able to quickly extinguish the fire in the bedroom where the fire had begun to spread throughout the room.

Once the fire was out, the firefighters began immediately searching for the four cats and all four were located in good shape, except for one, whose breathing was labored. M&M VFD medical first responder, Tiny Mozingo, administered mouth to mouth resuscitation to the one cat and its breathing improved.

The fire was contained to the one bedroom and the quick response from the volunteer fire departments prevented the fire from spreading throughout the home.

The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation by Jones County Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable.

Also responding to the fire were Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Sheriff’s Department, and EMServ ambulance service for standby.

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September 28, 2013
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