Posts Tagged ‘fire’

Homeowners’ fire district challenge going to highest court

DIAMONDHEAD — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider May 15 whether to hear an appeal over whether a Mississippi fire protection district can charge a fee for its services to local property owners. Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court conference. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in favor of the […] [...]

Fight between county, insurer over courthouse fire continues

ABERDEEN — A dispute over how much an insurance company owes Webster County for its burned courthouse has moved into federal court. The Webster County Board of Supervisors and Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. have sued each other, with two separate cases now pending in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. Officials have said an electrical short […] [...]

Voters elect to replace fire-damaged courthouse

WALTHALL — Webster County voters overwhelmingly want supervisors to build a new courthouse in Walthall. The nonbinding election was held yesterday. County supervisors say they’ll use the non-binding referendum vote to help decide what steps should be taken before construction of any kind begins. The old courthouse in Walthall suffered heavy damage in a fire […] [...]

Lawmakers debate bills to fire state employees, shorten school year

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature is considering two education-related bills — one passed out of committee while the other was set aside. The Mississippi Department of Education would have the power to fire state employees at will for two years under a bill being considered in the House. State officials say they need the power […] [...]

Biofuel plant fire extinguished; highway to reopen

NEW ALBANY — A fire at a north Mississippi biofuels plant has been extinguished. The fire, put out about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, had been burning since early Wednesday at the plant near New Albany, but no injuries were reported. There were also at least three explosions at JNS Biofuels, formerly known as North Mississippi Biodiesel. […] [...]

Homes evacuated as biofuels plant burns

NEW ALBBNY — Authorities say a fire is still burning at a north Mississippi biofuels plant and there has been a third explosion at the facility. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Brett Carr said today that authorities are trying to figure if they should extinguish the fire or let it burn out. No injuries have […] [...]

Fire rages at North Miss. biofuel plant; too hot for firefighters

NEW ALBANY — A fire at a bio-diesel facility near New Albany was burning Wednesday and was so hot that firefighters could not get close enough to fight it, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said. The fire at North Mississippi Biodiesel was reported at about 5:30 a.m., Highway Patrol spokesman Trooper First Class Ronny Hall said. […] [...]

Fire that destroyed city shop ruled an accident

JACKSON — Fire authorities in Jackson have ruled that a fire that destroyed the city’s maintenance shop Jan. 9 started by accident. Investigators tell WAPT-TV they believe the fire at the Jefferson Street building began in the electrical wiring of an exhaust fan, then was fueled by paint and other materials stored there. No one […] [...]

Fire erupts at poultry plant; no injuries reported

FLOWOOD — No injuries have been reported in an early Friday fire at the Sanderson Farms poultry plant in Flowood. Flowood Fire Department Lt. Brian Grantham says about 16 employees were inside the building at the time, though no one was in the boiler room where the fire started. The room is used for heating […] [...]

Drought forces county to issue burn ban while crews battle fire

JACKSON — Authorities in Hinds County have issued a burn ban as rainfall remains sparse and grass fires increase. WLBT reports the ban will be in effect until Oct. 18. It includes recreational fires and controlled burns with the exception of commercial contractors with heavy construction equipment that meet the state’s regulations. The ban was […] [...]

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