Fire and Recovery

Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, volunteer firefighters from Vimville, Long Creek and Causeyville responded to the blaze on Crescent Lake Road. The house was unoccupied at the time, but it was a total loss.

While investigators continue to look into the cause of the fire which appears to have started on the carport, they say house fires are often more common this time of year.

"Well, suspicious fires can start any time of year, but of course, this time of year with people cooking more and all and putting up Christmas trees, fires can start and we want to encourage people to be fire conscious and be careful with the things that they do," said Lauderdale County fire coordinator Clarence Butler.

According to the American Red Cross, you can help.

"What this chapter, the Key Chapter, needs is donations and volunteers. That's what's really needed," said Cheri Barry, executive director.

So far this year, Barry says the local Red Cross has served 26 fire families within the agency's seven county area. Sixteen families lived in Lauderdale County and happened within the past four months.

"We have a relatively small budget and we spend probably a quarter of that on our single family fire victims," Barry said.

Because the local Red Cross relies totally on local funds to operate, Barry says donations are badly needed.

To donate, you may drop off or mail a donation to:

American Red Cross Key Chapter
1711 24th Avenue
Meridian, Mississippi 39301.

Red Cross officials say all donations will be used locally.