- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - Moss Point firefighters say exploding oxygen tanks and ammunition hindered attempts to rescue a 71-year-old man who died in a house fire.

Battalion Chief Mark Condreay tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1xpEzdK ) that oxygen tanks in Pol Frederic’s downstairs bedroom fed the blaze early Saturday.

Fire Chief Tommy Posey says firefighters arrived six minutes after Catherine Posey called, but the house was fully engulfed.

Condreay says Catherine Frederic ran downstairs when she heard her husband screaming, and found his shirt ablaze. He says she tried unsuccessfully to douse the flames with water from the kitchen, then ran outside to get help.

It took six hours for firefighters to put out the fire. Neighbor Ed Cooper says the entire upstairs is gutted.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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