Lauderdale County House Fire

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Volunteer firefighters from three stations assisted with fighting a major house fire Monday night in Lauderdale County.

Firefighters got the call just before 6:30 Monday evening to 2917 Highway 496 in Southeast Lauderdale County. When they arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Lauderdale County Fire Coordinator Alan Dover said, "It was actually called in by the homeowner. She returned home and saw smoke coming from her residence and called 911."

Shelia Carpenter, a neighbor who was outside, says she heard what sounded like an explosion. "We were just sitting outside enjoying the evening and all of a sudden we heard something boom boom boom, and we looked and stuff was just coming down and then smoke just went everywhere. It's just walking distance from our house so we came down here to see what was going on. (Reporter: Scared you a little bit?) Yeah, it really did, and we still don't know what happened."

Ms. Carpenter also says she called 911 after seeing the smoke.

Firefighters arrived to a fully engulfed house fire.

Lauderdale County Fire Coordinator Alan Dover said, "Part of the structure has collapsed. At this point in time, we're still looking to see what might have caused it, but we'll have to get it out first."

Fire fighters from Vimville, Toomsuba, and Russell responded, and County Fire Coordinator Alan Dover says the fight was mainly from outside the home.

"At this point in time, all that's left to save is the property itself, and that doesn't warrant us sending firefighters inside to do an interior attack."

No one was home and no injuries have been reported, but as the fight continues, Alan Dover says so do the dangers, "Aside from the heat and the smoke, they're battling - a lot of it has to do with the humidity that's going on right now. It has a tendency to cause our guys to get dehydrated real quick."


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  • by Amanda Nichols Location: Meridian,Ms. on Sep 19, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    I love yu Aunt Heather, Amber,Lil Joey, Tarrah Hopee, Lo Lo,& Drakee. I'm sorry tht ya'll lost thee housee,& I hopee tht evrything works out for thee best.& to yu help, yu losee yur housee& tell mee if yu don't need new clothes, a placee to stay,& food to eat. Yea, just becausee they HAD, keyword, HAD a big housee, doesn't meann they havee a ____ of a lot of money anymoree. Shee spent tht money onn tht housee. I hopee someething likee tht happens to yu.
  • by please Location: southeast on Sep 16, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    For anyone who can help with clothes for the two family's who lost everything, sizes are: Heather(32 yr) 14 or large, Amber(15yr) 12 or large,Joey(12 yr)16 or large,Tarrah(9yr)14 or medium,Drake(7 yr)7-8,Logan(4yr)4t....Robin(36yr)22 or 2x,Justin(18)38 or large, Clinton(9yr)12 ...thanks for any help you can give
  • by jenn Location: southeast on Sep 16, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    When someone loosing everything they have then we as decent kind hearted people should do all that we are capable to do, in our giving comes our reward. For all those who wish to help donations of any type can be dropped off at THE BOW WOW SALON in Marion. For those who are unable to give a gift please pray for them as you would want others to do for you. Thank You and may God justly reward the kindness that comes from your heart.
  • by KHP on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    HEY AMY, I HAVE THE SIZES MY STEP SON GOES TO SCHOOL WITH ONE OF THE CHILDREN AND SO DOES MY CO-WORKERS SON AND DAUGHTER.. SHE GOT THE SIZES AND THERE WERE 2 FAMILIES LIVING IN THAT HOUSE. ADULT WOMEN PANTS: 14 SHOE:8 SHIRT: LARGE BOY AGE 18 : PANTS: 38-32 SHOE: 12 SHIRT X-LARGE ADULT WOMAN : PANTS: 22 SHOE: 9 1/2 SHIRT: 2X LARGE BOY AGE 9: PANTS: 12 SHOE: 5 SHIRT : 12 GIRL AGE 15: PANTS: 12 SHOE: 8 1/2 SHIRT:LARGE BOY AGE 12: PANTS: 16 SHOE : 9 1/2 SHIRT: LARGE GIRL AGE 9: PANTS: 14-16 SHOE: 5 1/2 SHIRT: MEDIUM BOY AGE 7: PANTS:7-8 SHOE: 2 SHIRT: 7-8 BOY AGE 4: PANTS: 4T-5T SHOE: 12 1/2 SHIRT: 4T-5T AND IN MY OPINION TO THE PERSON THAT SAYS THEY NEED THE MONEY AND CLOTHES I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU FOR HAVING SUCH A LITTLE HEART TO HAVE NO COMPASSION FOR ANYONE IN NEED LIKE THIS AND YOU JUST WANTED ATTENTION IN SOME WAY TO GET AS LOW AS YOU DID. IM GLAD TO HELP IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    he needs more then a life.. needs it personally happen to him and all turn their backs on him here is a fact fool did you ever think they might have been renting it or lost their home and the one that owned the him allowed them to get on their feet.
  • by Emily Location: Southeast on Sep 15, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    you need to get a life! No matter what sombody lives in and they loose their house and everything in it they need help! I hope somthing happens bad to you and nobody helps you! Thats just mean for you to talk about somebody whos got nothing but the clothes on their back! What size clothes? Males / females
  • by Peabody on Sep 15, 2010 at 04:53 AM
    Help,youare one greedy ____
  • by Amy Location: Southeast on Sep 14, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    What size clothes are needed??
  • by help on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    no they dont need no help did u c that big house give me them clothes and money
  • by Jimmy Location: Bunk Newell rd on Sep 14, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    Yes they have children that go to southeast and they need clothes I know them personally
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