Early morning fire reported in Vicksburg’s Audubon subdivision

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Smoke coming from a house at 122 Woodstock Drive in the Audubon subdivision was reported early Wednesday morning.

The call came in to 911 at 7:34 a.m., Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk said.

Upon arrival, Danczyk said, heavy smoke could be seen coming from the home. Once inside, firefighters found a fire on the main floor in the area of the master suite.

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Danczyk said they were still trying to determine the exact point of origin.

“It is not known yet, but hopefully today we will have that information,” he said.

Normally, Danczyk said, he sends in three fire truck rescues and an ambulance, but due to the size of the home, he sent in a fourth fire truck.

Engine 2 from Indiana Avenue was the first to arrive on scene. Also responding were Engine 8 from Halls Ferry and Ladder 3 from East Clay Street.

“I called in Engine 6 from Central Fire just as a manpower truck. Based on the size of the home and the labor it was going to take, I brought in another crew just to divide the labor,” he said.

Also, in addition to Danczyk, Deputy Vicksburg Fire Chief Trey Martin was on scene.

The smoke and the size of the home was the biggest obstacle, since there was “zero visibility,” Danczyk said.

Danczyk said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined; therefore, an investigation will be conducted.

“We are going to go through the investigation A to Z and find out the point of origin and then let the state — we might even let the state take point,” Danczyk said. “Oftentimes, when we get into a high dollar figure on a home, we bring in the state to have an extra investigator.”

No one was at home during the time of the fire, but a Rottweiler dog was in the back yard.

Danczyk said the dog was secured and taken to safety.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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