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Updated: 1/24 9:41 pm
MOOREVILLE/ EGGVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Flames and thick black smoke greeted fire crews as they responded to a morning house fire on County Road 1349 in the Mooreville, Eggville area.

“The whole back side of the house on the top floor was already engulfed when we got here,” said Mooreville Fire Chief Ron Witte.

But, beating the flames was only half the battle for crews from Mooreville, Satillo, and Palmatto just to name a few. Witte says they also had to battle mother nature.

“The ice has gotten so that we can’t stand up there. The ice is on the ground. It's hard to stand,” said Witte.

The ice not only covered the ground, but a bench in front of the home. It turned once green bushes into the color white. 

“They are a quarter inch deep in ice,” said Witte.

The fire chief says that at one point the temperatures Friday morning also caused a key piece of their equipment to freeze.

“Trucks are freezing up, nozzles are freezing. Not bad, but just enough to hinder,” said Witte.

As morning progressed, the chief says the weather did begin to cooperate.

"It was freezing when we first got here this morning, but now it's warmed up so it's a little better,” said Witte.

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown, but Witte did say this is not the first time the home has gone up in flames.

"This is the second time this house has burned. It was a couple of years ago, but it's burned before. We caught it before,” said Witte.

But after Friday's fire, Witte says the structure is a total loss. The chief says no one was inside of the home at the time of the fire.
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