Jackson County man saves three dogs before home destroyed in early morning fire

JACKSON COUNTY — A fire destroyed a mobile home early this morning in Jackson County. The Jackson County Sheriffs’ Office says shortly before 3:30, deputies responded to the fire on Kimmel Bridge Road, about a quarter-mile south of Glendale School Road.

James Broadwell lived in the mobile home with his three dogs. Broadwell told deputies he was awakened by a smoke and fire detector going off and saw fire in the interior hallway.

He gathered up his dogs, and by the time he got to the front door, the mobile home was pretty much fully involved. Firefighters from the Murphysboro, Pomona and Somerset Township Fire Department along with paramedics from the Jackson County Ambulance Service responded.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire. Officials say the mobile home and its contents are a total loss. The cause of the fire is not known at this time, but may be electrical-related. The American Red Cross is assisting the victim at this time.