January 16, 2023

Jones County man dies trying to save pets from house fire

Therese Apel

Jones County firefighters on the scene of a fatal house fire.
A Jones County man is dead after trying to save his dogs in an overnight house fire, officials say.
The Jones County Sheriff’s Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, and Jones County Coroner’s Office is investigating the blaze in the 2500 block of Hwy. 29 near the intersection of John Hill Road south of Soso.

Family members who escaped the burning residence advised initial arriving JCSD deputies that Khanh Van Duong, 56, was inside.

He told his wife and daughter to exit the burning house, which saved their lives, but he went back in to save the family pets, two adult dogs and eight puppies.
Heavy smoke and flames kept the deputies from being able to go into the home. Multiple Jones County volunteer fire departments responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. Duong’s body was later located near the rear of the home.
“The home was heavily involved in fire upon arrival of deputies and firefighters. The investigation into the cause of the fire is underway,” said JCSD Sergeant J.D. Carter, who serves as the Jones County Fire Investigator. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family during this tragic loss of their loved one.”
The fire is still under investigation by JCSD and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Family members have been notified.

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