Elderly man dies in Pontotoc County fire, investigation continues

Fire causes extensive damage to Bethel Township home

Fire causes extensive damage to Bethel Township home

"He was the best cousin I could ever have", Smith said.

The department has about 20 volunteers who are going to great lengths to make sure they are ready to go in case disaster strikes.

Firefighters weren't sure if anybody lived inside of this home until one neighbor spoke up."There was a man and a woman in there".

"We know that they're there, so if it gets to a point where they have to leave, they will leave", he said.

The Office of the State Fire Marshall is investigating both fires.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames consuming a house at about 4:15 a.m.

The home's ceiling caved in on the firefighter, injuring his head.


"They attacked some fire on the main floor, then they started to go up the stairs to go to the second floor", Meldrum said.

Thursday morning, a home near N.W. 14th and Blackwelder caught fire.

The call for the fire came in just after 12 p.m.in the 700 block of West 81st Street near Schlemeyer Field.

Officials tell us that one person was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

The fire was moving toward Broekers Lane, but Barrow couldn't say Friday afternoon whether more evacuations would be necessary.

Ambulance was also notified, but no injuries were reported.

The public is asked to avoid the area at this time.

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