WESSON, MS (WLBT) - A Wesson family has lost everything they own in an overnight fire. If it wasn't for a neighbor, who warned them of the blaze, the victims say it could have been worse.
The owners say the 100-year-old home was mainly constructed of heart-of-pine, which can be very flammable, which is why this fire started so quickly.
The fire happened at 1025 Beech street in Wesson.
Michelle Brooks says around 7 p.m. Wednesday night, she was alerted her house was on fire when she heard a neighbor outside screaming her name.
She only had enough time to run outside, before her entire house was engulfed in fire. The home which was built in 1876 burned completely to the ground.
Firefighters were on the scene immediately, but they weren't able to save the structure, or the contents inside.
The Brooks had planned to completely remodel the house. Now they will have to build from the ground up.
Michelle Brooks says, "I lost everything, I got out literally with what I was wearing -- a tank top, boxer shorts and my Ugg boots. I'm very grateful; I owe so much to Ronnie for being there because my daughter lives next door and they didn't know anything was going on."
Michelle Brooks says her husband is out of town on business, and she had to call him with the bad news.
The contents of the house are insured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Michelle Brooks' daughter lives right next door, so thankfully she and her husband have family close by who they can stay with.
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