A Harrison County sheriff’s deputy on patrol spotted a house fire at 2 a.m. Sunday on Joe Windom Road in central Harrison County, alerting the fire department and checking the house for occupants.
The family who lived in the house was out of town.
Harrison County Fire Services responded with 19 firefighters and eight units from Lizana and Saucier, along with American Medical Response.
The fire was burning out of control by the time units arrived. The house was a total loss. Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said the cause of the blaze is being investigated.