Three departments respond to Maben house fire

Pictured is a home on Sturgis-Maben Road destroyed by a fire Wednesday night. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
Staff Writer

First responders battled a fire in Oktibbeha County Wednesday night, resulting in a total loss of the home.

The Maben Fire Department responded to a house fire located on Sturgis-Maben Road around 8:20 p.m. and found a fully-involved fire. The home is about a quarter of a mile off Highway 82.

Maben Fire Chief Wayne Yeatman said there were no injuries from the fire, but the entire home was destroyed.

Yeatman said both the Sturgis Fire Department and Mathiston Fire Department were dispatched for assistance after their initial arrival to the home.

“I appreciate both of them helping us out (Wednesday) night,” Yeatman said.

The main concern, Yeatman said, was to contain the fire from spreading to nearby areas. He said all of the departments spent about five hours at the scene, leaving around 1 a.m.

“The wind kind of spread the fire that much faster,” Yeatman said. “It made it harder for us to get it under control.”

Although Yeatman said he is unsure of what caused the fire at this time, he said they do know it started in and around the center of the house, toward the back.

For Oktibbeha County residents, Yeatman wanted to remind them fires happen year round and not just in the cold months.

He said it is imperative to discuss an escape plan in case a fire were to occur at their home.

“My recommendation is to practice your escape plan at night,” Yeatman said.

He said practicing an escape plan at night would prepare residents for a more realistic scenario. He said if there is a fully involved fire at night, there will more than likely not be any lights to see where one is going.

For those looking to assist the resident affected by the fire, contact the Maben Fire Department.