RIENZI, Miss. (WTVA) – A man is recovering following a large house fire in Alcorn County on Wednesday.
Family says 49-year-old Timothy Brown was living with his niece at 235 State Highway 356 West, before the blaze erupted around 4:30 a.m.
Brown's mother, Charlene Finch, tells WTVA her granddaughter ran next door barefooted for help. Finch hurried over then dialed 911.
“It put off a lot of heat,” said Chief Gary Yancey, with the Pisgah Fire Department. “We had to back off away from our vehicles to keep it from being damaged from the radiating heat.”
Chief Gary Yancey says the house was engulfed in flames. This isn’t the first time Brown’s lost a home to a blaze.
Brown's trailer caught fire over 10 years ago. He was treated for burns for about three months in Memphis before he recovered.
According to family, Brown recieved burns to his hand and head Wednesday.
“He was slightly injured,” said Yancey. “EMS was dispatched to the scene. My understanding is he refused treatment and EMS went back without him.”
Mayor Walter Williams was also on the early morning scene.
“It was a relief to know wasn’t nobody on the inside,” said Williams. “It’s a heart-breaking thing. I’ve been in those shoes, I lost a house in 2003.”
Authorities say nothing from the house was salvageable.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.