It’s been almost a week since the fire, and 62-year-old Moody Phillips of Meridian is still trying to pick up the pieces of what is left. Around 3:30 last Saturday morning his house of 15 years on Highway 45 North was destroyed by fire.
"When I went in the kitchen to put the fire out with a pail of water, the blaze just came all across my head. I had to run out the front door."
Phillips says his three grandsons, who were staying with him, were also able to escape unharmed. However, such was not the case for everything else in the house.
"It's hard right now because I've been staying with my daughter, no where to go! Lost all my clothes off my back, everything!" says Phillips. "It really hurts you."
A preliminary investigation shows that the cause of the fire was a heater that was being used at the time.
Although winter officially ended about a week ago, Red Cross officials say fires such as this prove that the threat of a house fire never really ends.
"One can have a fire in the attic," says Gordon Stewart who is the Disaster Relief coordinator for the Key Chapter of the Red Cross. "Children running around with different hazardous materials and summer does not mean that house fires are completely over."
This is something which Mr. Phillips says he now knows all too well. Anyone wishing to help Phillips can call (601) 934-1161. Although he lost his home, he says just having his life now is enough to sing about.
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