GULFPORT — A company spokesman says lightning from a thunderstorm started a marsh fire on property behind Mississippi Power Company’s plant.
The Sun Herald reports spokesman Bill Snyder says employees were not in danger of the fire on Tuesday afternoon and says work at the power-generation plant proceeded as normal.
Officials say firefighters could not reach the marsh with their equipment.
Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt says the fire wasn’t endangering anything and says a marsh fire doesn’t burn well but produces a lot of smoke.
Beyerstedt says that the fire department had received a lot of calls because of the smoke.
Snyder says power plant officials also were monitoring the fire and were remaining in contact with the fire department in case help was needed.
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