July 26, 2008

BRIEF: Gulfport House Fire May Be Arson

By Robin Fitzgerald, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Jul. 26--GULFPORT -- Arson is suspected in an early-evening fire that destroyed a North Gulfport home, Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.

The blaze Friday on Ganges Street devoured a vacant wood-frame house. Sullivan said the house had no gas or electrical service and no one has lived there since the owner died about a year ago. The house was near Magnolia Avenue off Martin Luther King Boulevard.

"We were told someone was seen going in the house and then they had the fire," Sullivan said. "It is suspicious in nature. We do believe it was arson."

Firefighters were called to the blaze shortly after 4 p.m.

"If anyone in the neighborhood knows anything or saw anything, we recommend they call the police," Sullivan said.

Six units and 13 men responded. No one was injured, but with two houses on either side of the structure, the fire could have endangered neighbors, Sullivan said.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at 868-5959.


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