By Emily Le Coz and JB Clark
NETTLETON – The home of a funeral director caught fire this morning at 201 County Road 1203 north of Nettleton, but no one apparently was home at the time.
Firefighters responded at 9:45 a.m. and had the situation under control within 15 minutes. According to Plantersville Fire Capt. Steve Caygle, they were the first on the scene. They came in and make sure nobody was in the house. They contained the fire to the garage. Only the garage had fire damage. The inside of the house had minimal smoke damage.
Lee County 911 dispatchers sent several fire departments to the scene after neighbor Herticine S Goree saw flames rising from the structure.
In a telephone interview with the Daily Journal, Goree said the home’s owner, Natrick Jones of NL Jones Funeral Directors, wasn’t inside. A dog and a parrot, however, were rescued by firefighters.
“It’s awful smoke,” Goree said. “I think the car that’s in the garage is on fire.”
Jones could not be reached.
It’s unclear what caused the fire.
Plantersville, Union and Nettleton worked the fire. Richmond and Verona also responded. Lee County Sheriff’s Office was the first police unit on the scene. Though the fire was out, units were still knocking out hot spots around 10:15 a.m.
Nobody was injured in the fire.