Jackson County

Authorities investigating cause of Gautier apartment fire

GAUTIER - Authorities are investigating the cause of an apartment fire Sunday night that sent a woman to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police Sgt. Matt Hoggatt said authorities currently are trying to determine if the fire was accidental, intentional or related to possible aggravated assault at the dwelling.Gautier police, the state Fire Marshal's Office, and officials from the state Crime Lab are assisting in the investigation.

The fire was reported between and 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday in Apartment D at Belleville Apartments on Ladnier Road. The burn victim, identified as a woman in her 20s, is hospitalized at the University of South Alabama Medical Center's Burn Unit.

The Sun Herald updates this story as details develop.