A deadly overnight fire in Moss Point leaves two women dead and neighbors stunned. It was a sad scene in Moss Point Friday at the burnt building on Palmetto Street. Many of the neighbors were on hand. Most declined interviews, but said what happened at the home was a tragedy that has hit everyone hard. The flames may be out, but sadness lingers in the Moss Point neighborhood after an overnight fire claimed the lives of two people. Chief Keith Davis of the Moss Point Police Department says, "The first officer on scene identified that it was very hot. He did observe one victim at the rear of this residence and attempted to get the door open, but there was something blocking the door." Two Moss Point Police officers were able to eventually clear the door and get the first victim, Guawaina Cooley, out of the house. They continued to put their own lives at risk by searching the burning building when they came across a second unconscious person, Penny Doyle.
Davis also says, "And as a result of the heat and the smoke, the officers had to leave, get the assistance of the fire department to make entry into the house, and we were eventually able carry her out of the burned structure." Friends and neighbors were gathered outside the house earlier Friday, most still in shock over the sudden loss of someone they held so dear. Angelett Owens, a neighbor, says, "Miss Guawaina, she was my aunt slash mother. That's my liquor cooler. That's my ace in the hole and I love her dearly and I'm gonna’ miss her." The cause of the deadly blaze has not been determined yet, but for now, the structure still stands as a burnt reminder of how quickly tragedy can strike. Davis closes, "The State Fire Marshal is here assisting us with the evidence, combing through the evidence right now, but we will conclude our investigation at a later date."
Chief Davis says no time frame for the investigation has been set yet. The police who first responded were treated for smoke inhalation and have since been released from the hospital.