Brandon couple thankful to be alive after home catches fire

BRANDON, Miss. (WJTV) – Firefighters in Brandon battled an early morning house fire that left a couple homeless.

One of the homeowner says they were able to get out before it was too late.

“Still don’t believe this. It’s like a dream. It’s like a dream.”

Homeowner Tom Alexander says he’s been living in his Brandon home for the past 26 years.

“It can be rebuilt, but we can’t,” said Alexander.

The fire started about 6:30 a.m. Monday morning at the home off Highway 80.

Alexander says he and wife heard a popping noise coming from the other room.

“I said it’s just bubble wrap. She said well whose popping the bubble wrap. There’s no one in the house but you and me.”

When the two opened their bedroom door, the home was filled with smoke.

“I followed her down the hall to the front door. The door slammed. She had gotten out but apparently the suction, I had pulled it open and got out. And then 2 minutes later we would have been gone,” said Alexander.

A portion of Highway 80 was shut down for a couple of hours as firefighters battled the flames.

“The nearest fire hydrant was across the street from the house. We actually laid a five inch hose line that is essentially putting a watermain on top of the street to supply water to the fire engines to fight the fire,” said Ben Warren, a Division Fire Chief with the Brandon Fire Department.

No one else was inside the home at the time.

Alexander was treated for minor smoke inhalation.

“I just want to thank God,” said Alexander.

Alexander could no longer hold back his tears after looking at what’s left of his burned home.

But says he’s just thankful he and his wife are safe.

“We’re alive, we’re alive. I just thank the Lord. That’s all we can do is thank the Lord,” said Alexander.

Brandon Fire says the flames were confined to specific area in the home.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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