THE SUN HERALD-12/30/04
LATIMER, MS – Three Jackson County firefighters were injured Wednesday night while fighting a house fire in Latimer. All three firefighters were in stable condition late Wednesday night, according to Jerry W. Cook, Jackson County fire commissioner. The most seriously injured was Matthew Krohn, assistant chief of the Latimer Volunteer Fire Department. Krohn was flown to the University of South Alabama burn center in Mobile. Krohn suffered second-degree burns over 20 percent of his body, including his neck, back and wrist, Cook said. Fort Bayou firefighter Lyle Crandall Jr. and Aaron Keebler of the Latimer department were both taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula.
The home’s occupants were not injured, said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd. The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. in a home off Old Biloxi Road.
“Nobody really knows what happened for sure except the three people who were in there,” said Latimer’s Volunteer Chief Wayne King. “We haven’t talked to them yet.”
The injured firefighters were the first three to enter the brick house. King said when he arrived 30 to 40 minutes after the fire started, the firefighters had already been injured but the blaze was under control. A deputy state fire marshal was on the scene Wednesday night trying to determine if foul play was involved. Said Cook: “We’ve got all kind of investigators coming in here to find out what happened.”