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Authorities investigating cause of fire at foam factory

TUPELO — Authorities are investigating what caused yesterday’s fire at Mt. Vernon Foam.

The small factory manufactured cut foam used in furniture making. About a dozen volunteer and full-time fire departments, including Tupelo and Saltillo, responded to the call around 11 a.m.

The factory is owned by Terry Robbins, whose family has owned the business for more than 40 years. Robbins declined to comment.

Belden Volunteer Fire Chief Willie Payne says no one was injured in the fire. He said a couple of people were in the building when the fire started but made it out safely. It is unclear how many people were employed by Mt. Vernon Foam.

Payne says the building was a total loss.

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