STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- At around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters received a call about a structural fire on south Jackson Street in Starkville.
"When our fire crews arrived on scene, they found that the attic area was already venting, which means the fire had already come through the roof and the whole entire attic space was on fire," said Fire Marshal Mark McCurdy.
The home, built in the early 1900's, did not sustain any fire damage to the living quarters.
"It took us about an hour of actual fire fighting. We had the fire under control and were able to put it out. Of course, during that time, they were able to get out some pets of the house. But, luckily no one was home during the time of the fire except for the pets. So no injuries to civilians or to firefighters," said McCurdy.
A mother and daughter lived in the home, according to McCurdy.
"The house is destroyed. They can't live in it, so they definitely will have to relocate for the time being," added McCurdy.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Psychology Department at Mississippi State University has set up a relief fund for the family.
You can help by calling (662)325-3202.