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Biggersville Firefighter Injured Looking for People in Burning House

This house in the Shady Grove community of Alcorn County was destroyed in a fire on New Year’s Eve, and a firefighter was injured during the response. (Courtesy Photos)

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

A Biggersville Fire & Rescue firefighter was injured as he tried to enter a burning house through a window on New Year’s Eve to see if anyone was inside.

Flames surrounded the frontdoor to the house, so firefighters brought a ladder to the window to make entry. Part of the window fell and hit Assistant Chief Tim Tyson below his helmet on the back of the neck as he tried to enter.

The fire occurred in the Shady Grove community at 52 County Road 418 and was reported at about 10:23 p.m.

Tyson was pulled to safety, and firefighters continued efforts to search the home for occupants. Firefighters then received word that no one was at home, and the focus shifted to battling the blaze from the outside, Biggersville Fire & Rescue Chief Jonathan Rider said.

Tyson was transported by ambulance to Magnolia Regional Health Center and was discharged Monday morning in good condition. Rider said he is proud of Tyson, who has served with the department a number of years.

The fire was reported by neighbors, who are also family members of the owners. The cause of the fire was undetermined. David and Wanda Gaines are the homeowners and were reportedly at a church service when the fire occurred.

Firefighters arrived on scene within minutes of the blaze being reported and found the structure fully involved, Rider said. Water from the fire hoses turned to ice after it hit the ground, creating even more challenging conditions in the extreme cold on New Year’s Eve, Rider noted.

Fire departments from Glen and Rienzi assisted as well as the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office and ACE Power.

The house was deemed a complete loss.

“It’s a tough way to start the New Year,” Rider said of the family that lost its home.

The fire was reported by neighbors at 10:23 p.m., and the cause was undetermined.

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