Blazes in city, county: Two homes destroyed, one injured in fires|[01/20/08]

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 19, 2008

A fire Saturday night destroyed one home, but injured no one. Another that morning also destroyed a home, but sent one person to the hospital.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Vicksburg firefighters responded to 609 Locust St., where they found a vacant two-story home engulfed in flames. Batallion Chief Donell Wince said he expected crews to monitor the blaze throughout the night.

“We’re definitely going to be here a while,” he said. “This could be where we’re having our morning coffee.”

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It was the second time since June the nearly century-0ld home had caught fire.

Wince said the cause of the blaze would not be determined until after the flames were extinguished and an investigation took place. Residents of nearby homes were evacuated due to hot ashes being carried by the wind, Wince said, but no injuries had been reported.

On the scene was the owner of the home, local construction company owner Freddie Parson. Parson said the home, which is about 90 years old, had caught fire in June, damaging only the upstairs. He had a permit to repair the damage.

“Looks like I’m just going to tear it down now,” he said, adding that the case of the June fire had been a “bad reset plug.”

Before the fire in June, the home had been rented out as apartments.

Earlier Saturday, about 8 a.m., Culkin and Northeast volunteer firefighters responded to a blaze at 10875 Oak Ridge Road. The mobile home was destroyed.

Resident James Thomas, age unavailable, was taken to River Region Medical Center for smoke inhalation, firefighters on scene said. Thomas was listed in critical condition, a hospital spokesman said Saturday night.

Warren County Volunteer Fire Coordinator Kelly Worthy said the cause of the fire was under investigation, but added that the blaze appeared to have started on the front porch, near a wood heater. Firefighters remained on scene for about 2 1/2 hours, Worthy said.