Structure fire Thursday morning in Downtown Gulfport
The Gulfport Fire Department received calls around 8:30 this morning regarding a building with heavy smoke and flames in the downtown area.
After the call, they started seeing smoke at their own downtown fire station. They responded to the fire with Gulfport Police and American Medical Responses.
The fire was at Alston’s Antiques and Gifts near the intersection of Highway 49 and 22nd Street. As of now, it is the only building with damages.
The buildings on both sides are less than a foot away and Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt is pleased with how quickly his crews were able to suppress the flames. “They got right on it and was able to keep it from spreading, really proud of that work. You can see even the windows and the blinds melted in the building next door. We had very heavy fire conditions on arrival here. So, great job by the crews this morning.”
At this time, no injuries have been reported.
Chief Beyerstedt spoke with the owners and they said power had recently been turned off and they’ve been having issues with squatters using the building.
Considering how cold it was last night, investigators will look into whether there may have been some inside the building seeking shelter during the time of the incident.