Mississippi man amazingly uninjured as house collapses

Published 8:15 am Sunday, July 5, 2020

A combination of recent rains and loess soil might have been the dangerous combination that led to a Vicksburg house collapsing Saturday afternoon.

The Vicksburg Fire Department was dispatched to the 1500 block of James Stirgus Sr. St. Saturday around 2 p.m. for an investigation of a possible gas leak.

When they arrived at 1510 James Stirgus Sr. St. they found the home collapsed and partially lying up against a neighboring home.

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Assistant Fire Chief Henry Williams, who was the shift commander for the Vicksburg Fire Department, said there was a man in the home at the time it collapsed. The man was uninjured.

Williams said Engine 6 and Battalion 1 from the Vicksburg Fire Department responded along with the city’s gas department, police department and a team with Entergy who disconnected the power to the home.

He said the soil around the backside of the home appeared to have given way, leading to the collapse.