HARRISON COUNTY -- Two homes escaped major damage in two separate fires on Monday afternoon, officials said.
The first fire occurred about 4:30 p.m., causing minor damage to an outside wall and ceiling of a carport after a discarded cigarette ignited items stored under the carport, county Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.
Harrison County Fire Services crews extinguished the fire in a short time and kept it from spreading, he said.
The second fire occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on Highland Drive, off Robinson Road in central Harrison County.
Sullivan said neighbors reported seeing smoke pouring from the rear of a nearby two-story brick home and discovered a large deck behind the home on fire.
Fire units from Lizana and the county responded, and they were able to keep the fire from causing major damage. Crews brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes.
Sullivan said one person was home at the time of the fire and was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation by American Medical Response.
The cause of the second fire is under investigation by Fire Services and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.