Sunflower County, Mississippi firefighters spent their mid morning and early afternoon fighting two house fires and responding to an automobile accident. The first fire, in the City of Indianola, was reported around 10:30am, with residents reported still inside. First arriving personnel quickly determined that all residents had escaped and were accounted for. A smoke detector - alerting continuously for the 30 minutes required to extinguish the fire even though heavily damaged by heat - is credited for saving the residents. The second fire occurred at 11:20am between the cities of Indianola and Sunflower. Firefighters from Sunflower (Dist. 4), Indianola (Dist. 1), and Inverness (Dist. 2), responded. Approximately 1/2 of the home was fully involved upon initial arrival. Firefighters fought the flames furiously, but a steady north wind and a brief break in water supply just as the fire was almost under control caused the structure to be lost. American Red Cross personnel provided assistance to both families due their losses. Finally, during the midst of the second fire, a motor vehicle accident just east of Indianola required the response of the Indianola FD. Luckily, no injuries were found and extrication was not needed.