- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

ST. MARTIN, Miss. (AP) - A St. Martin man suffered serious burns while helping family members escape a burning house.

WLOX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Jdg0Vk ) that the fire happened early Friday morning.

Homeowner Angie Casey told the station that she shares the home with her son, daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend, Shane Blake, and their 4-month-old son.

Casey credits Blake with getting the family out alive. She said Blake had to be treated at a burn center in Mobile.

Casey’s home appears to be a total loss. Jackson County Fire Chief Jeremey Bell said the age and structure of the building complicated firefighting efforts. He said it took nearly six hours to fight the blaze.

“It seemed like every aspect was hard to get to,” Bell said. “We were dealing with heavy objects on top of the roof that were caving in, so we couldn’t go underneath for safety reasons.”

Casey said she was taking comfort in the fact that she has family members living in the area.

Donations to help her family recover from the fire were being accepted at Bluff Creek Outfitters in Vancleave.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com

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