UPDATED: Man escapes burning home
Feb 14, 2014, 20:10
A Hancock County man on Thursday was able to escape this burning home on 6th Street off of Harbor Drive
By Dwayne Bremer
A Hancock County man on Thursday was able to escape his burning home on 6th Street off of Harbor Drive.
Hancock County Fire Marshal Brian Adam said Thursday his office received a report of a possible structure fire about 5:30 p.m Thursday.
Neighbors said the homeowner, James Cranfield, was inside the two-story home sleeping when he woke up to the smell of smoke.
Another resident who lives a few blocks away said she heard a loud explosion and then saw smoke billowing above the tree line.
Paramedics from American Medical Response checked Cranfield, but he apparently did not suffer any major injuries, officials said.
Several local fire departments were on the scene, including Bayside, West Hancock, and Kiln.
No other structures were affected and nobody else was injured, Adam said.
It took several hours for firefighters to get the blaze under control.
The neighborhood is just outside of the Waveland city limits and there are no fire hydrants in the area.
One neighbor said residents have been asking the county to install fire hydrants for years, but they have yet to be successful.
"We have a canal right there, so there is plenty of water," the man said. "This should be a wake-up call to our political leaders."