Historic West Point home deemed a total loss after fire

A home standing for over 100 years in West Point falls to ask after a terrible fire Thursday night.

Posted: May. 20, 2018 10:35 PM
Updated: May. 21, 2018 9:13 AM

WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - A homeowner of a historic home in West Point is left trying to decide what to do after losing nearly everything in a fire. 

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Firefighters responded to Charles McComic's home on Highway 50, near Lone Oak Road around 9 p.m. on Thursday. 

Fortunately, no one was home. McComic says he had been away from his home for about an hour. 

West Point Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne says it took nearly two and a half hours to put out the fire. While doing so, firefighters had to dodge ammunition explosions. 

McComic says he did have a gun collection and had about 20,000 rounds of ammunition inside his house at the time. 

McComic also says all his pets survived. 

This includes his dog, Bella, who ran under the porch at the time of the fire, four fish, whose water began to boil and six ducks, whose pin sits yards away from the house. 

Wilbourne says several county units assisted his department by bringing tanker trucks of water due to low pressure in the area. 

The home is a total loss. McComic says he was almost done with renovations.

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