Several Rankin county families are without a place to call home after fire ripped through their condominiums at the Reservoir.
Around two o'clock Tuesday residents were alerted to the blaze and were able to escape.
Fire raged through the Lakeshore Townhomes at Windrose forcing five fire departments and several emergency response agencies to join the battle in fighting the flames.
According to Reservoir Fire Department officials, three condominiums were destroyed at the rear of the complex.
"The unit two doors down from ours caught on fire, and it spread to the next two," said Renee Murray.
Murray's home of nearly 20 years is a total loss.
She was sick in bed when the fire erupted.
"We were inside, but our property manager called us and got us out. Everybody's fine. No people are hurt, no pets, everybody's fine. We're just real grateful that God took care of us and got us out," said the wife and mother of two.
The town homes consist of two story single family units.
Firefighters were able to save four condos.
The outer condominiums surrounding units 58, 59 and 60 sustained mainly minor damage thanks to the efforts of all the responding departments.
"They went into the apartment that was on fire and encountered heavy heat, heavy dark smoke conditions and we sent another crew into the unit next door to get upstairs and start pulling some ceiling to get up into the attic, and it had already crossed into the attic on that one," said Reservoir Fire Department Deputy Chief Josh Swales.
But there was also a battle of the elements.
Firefighters tackled the destructive flames in 100 degree temperatures.
"It felt like it was 150 or more when you got our gear on," said the deputy chief.
Residents brought water and sports drinks to the firefighters.
An area was set up under a tree to give exhausted crews a place to rest and re-hydrate.
"We carry (drinking) water on the fire trucks, but we were running low on it. AMR came out and set us up some fans," added Swales.
No residents or firefighters were injured.
"I have two kids and my husband. We had two dogs and three cats, and we're all fine. That's all that matters," said a relieved and thankful grateful Murray.
Fire departments from Flowood, Lake Harbor, Langford and Rankin County Emergency Operations assisted Reservoir firefighters.
Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.
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