GULFPORT, Miss. — A man and his 7-year-old granddaughter were treated for smoke inhalation after the man rushed into a burning home to rescue the girl, Harrison County fire officials said.
The fire happened Tuesday morning.
County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said two adults and a 4 year old boy got out of the house, but discovered that the girl, Kierston Sumrall, was still inside.
Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Sumrall went in, found her and got her out.
Kierston was treated for smoke inhalation at Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport. Her grandfather was treated for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his head and neck.
Sullivan said Shannon Sumrall, the homeowner, was not at home when the fire broke out, but his girlfriend, two children and his father were there.
Fire investigators believe Shannon Sumrall's 4-year-old son, Ty, was playing with a lighter and set a bed on fire.
Larry Sumrall father discovered the fire and grabbed his grandson. He yelled to Shannon Sumrall's girlfriend, Susan Taylor-Collins, to get the
When the two adults met in the
"They each thought the other had gotten the child," Sullivan told The SunHerald (http://bit.ly/PgBJB2).
The grandfather went back into the burning home and found the child and pulled her out, he said.
The Red Cross is providing assistance to the family.