Deputy credited for spotting fire, saving woman
he diligence of a deputy with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department guaranteed the safety of a woman whose house was struck by lightning during last week’s storms.
Capt. James Clark did not hesitate to say that Deputy Jason Douglas quite possibly saved the life of the resident who lived alone in the house that caught fire on Highway 18 East, April 6.
Douglas downplayed his role in his report of the incident, stating that, while on patrol, he observed smoke coming from the back side of a house. He drove to the residence, got out, and when he got closer, he realized the house was on fire.
The officer called the fire department, and then he knocked until the homeowner came to the door.
Douglas told her that her house was on fire and instructed her to leave the home. He said no one else was at home. The deputy went inside, opened the attic access door, and saw flames inside.
Clark said Douglas told him that he saw lightning strike something and then saw the smoke. He said he investigated it because he was seeing too much smoke.