Fire destroys home in Blue Mountain

djournal-fire-stockBy Hank Wiesner

Southern Sentinel

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Fire destroyed a house on Highway 368 early Wednesday afternoon.

Although no one was home at the time, two dogs were lost to the blaze, firefighters said.

The wood frame house at 501 Highway 368 was owned by Tina Smith, according to Fire Department secretary Misty Chandler, who was among eight firefighters and four trucks that turned out to fight the fire.

She said Smith and others were in the process of moving and had left the house about 20 minutes earlier. It is unclear what was the fire’s point of origin, or what caused the blaze.

There was power to the structure at the time of the fire.

Chandler said one of the dogs perished inside the house. The other had crawled under the structure, and firemen didn’t discover the animal until too late.

It was the second destructive fire in as many days in Tippah County. A double-wide mobile home on County Road 520 was destroyed by fire on Tuesday. There were no injuries.