By NATHAN GREGORY
No injuries were reported after the attic of a house on 511 Jackson Street caught fire Wednesday morning, but the structure has been declared a loss, Starkville Fire Department officials said.
Fire Marshal Stein McMullen said SFD responded to a call at 9:27 a.m. to find the upper portion of the building in flames.
â€śWhen we got (to the scene) there was a flame coming out of the attic and about â€¦ 10 minutes at the most it came out of the roof,â€ť McMullen said. Pretty much all of the fire was in the roof and it spread throughout the attic space.â€ť
The exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but there is a high probability that it was electrical in nature, Fire Marshal Mark McCurdy said.
Firefighters were able to rescue two pets from inside the house.
Officials from Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services provided the homeowners with a retail store gift card, certificates to local restaurants and a prayer blanket. OSERVS Director of Operations Connie Malone said the agency normally also pays for a three-night stay at a local motel, but in this case the homeowners had family members in town and had plans to stay with them.
â€śThey have some immediate needs right now and they just need to know somebody cares,â€ť Malone said.