Ajax form doesn't reload after message display

I have a contact form that uses Ajax. After submitting the data (using a PHP script) the form displays a message that the data was sent. However, the display doesn’t disappear after a delay. It just has an “x” for the user to close it. I think I found a way for it to fade out but the page (form?) needs to be reset to use it again. Here is the script for the message.

$(function () {

  // init the validator
  // validator files are included in the download package
  // otherwise download from http://1000hz.github.io/bootstrap-validator


  // when the form is submitted
  $('#contact-form').on('submit', function (e) {

    // if the validator does not prevent form submit
    if (!e.isDefaultPrevented()) {
        var url = "/contact.php";

        // POST values in the background the the script URL
            type: "POST",
            url: url,
            data: $(this).serialize(),
            success: function (data)
              // data = JSON object that contact.php returns

              // we recieve the type of the message: success x danger and apply it to the
              var messageAlert = 'alert-' + data.type;
              var messageText = data.message;

              // let's compose Bootstrap alert box HTML
              var alertBox = '<div class="alert ' + messageAlert + ' alert-dismissable"><button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="alert" aria-hidden="true">&times;</button>' + messageText + '</div>';

              // If we have messageAlert and messageText
              if (messageAlert && messageText) {
                // inject the alert to .messages div in our form
                $('.messages').delay(5000).fadeOut();  // *********** ADDED BY ME ***************
                // empty the form
        return false;

I know $('#contact-form')[0].reset(); should reset it but it doesn’t allow it to run again w/o reloading the page (defeating the purpose of Ajax). I have also tried $("#contact-form").trigger('reset'); and document.getElementById('contact-form').reset() but with the same result.

If I remove the line that says “ADDED BY ME” it works fine but the user has to click on the “x” to close the message. I would like it if the message would display for a period of time (i.e., 5 seconds) and then disappear. Is this possible?

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