Firefighters Remove a Troubled Man From his home

Intense moments earlier today in north Biloxi, as police and firefighters remove a troubled man from his home and try to contain a raging fire with the added threat of propane tanks nearby.
North Biloxi resident Greg Mitchell was trying to make his way home midmorning when he was stopped short by police as firefighters worked to contain and put out a fire at his neighbor’s home. Authorities believe this fire may have been set by the home’s owner, a 47-year-old man. “He’s generally a nice guy,” said Mitchell, “He’s really easy. He’s super passive all the time. That’s why it kind of shocked me. I was like ‘really? No way.’ But I guess some people just snap when they have too much pressure on them.”
Mitchell says this pressure was stemming from family issues. “He’s going through a divorce and I guess it’s stressing him out too much. I mean, some people can’t handle it, some people can. I pray to God I never have to be in that situation.”
The situation was intense and dangerous. When the police arrived on the scene, the house was fully involved in flames with several propane tanks in danger of exploding. Police say the man was armed with a knife and threatening to harm himself but they managed to safely remove him from the home after a brief confrontation.
Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said, “He was taken into custody. The fire was controlled and then after that it was rumored to us that there was possibly some booby traps around the area and so we’ve been very careful. I do not believe that there’s anything there like that but certainly we’re going to take every risk seriously.”
No booby traps were found but police and firefighters had to move back about half a mile because of safety concerns while waiting for the fire to die down.
Area residents were blocked from their homes for a few hours. “I’m agitated with him but I’m not really mad at him. I just feel bad for him because of everything he’s going through. I just wish he would have found another way to vent,” said Mitchell.
An investigation is still underway. If you have any information, call the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641.

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