This afternoon at about 5:35 p.m. a fire was reported at a two-story home in Stone County.
South Central Fire District was the main department that responded to the scene with Wiggins, Big Level, Harrison County, and Gulfport also lending a hand.
According to Fire Chief Thomas Muffler, no one was home at the time the fire was sparked. He says one room was fully involved and two others suffered some fire and water damage.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but according to South Central Fire District the fire seems to have started within the walls because of weather related conditions. Chief Muffler said, “We are not one hundred percent sure. It appears that it may have been lightning strike. We had a pretty active lightning cell come through this area a little bit ago. Right now, it’s still undetermined, but it looks like it may be weather related. We did check out one of the occupants that was here. When we got here she was having a little difficulty breathing from smoke trying to find one of the animals that was in the house.”
Chief Muffler says the animal that was reportedly in the house was a cat. He says it has not yet been found.