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Tech aims to predict problems on power lines before disaster

B. Don Russell wasn’t thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before they cause equipment failures, blackouts or even deadly accidents. The electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M University figured he might save a life if his creation could prevent someone from being electrocuted by a downed live wire. But fire prevention ...

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Rural fire district improves fire rating after passing test

Rural property owners in one Mississippi county may be getting a break on fire insurance premiums. Local news outlets report firefighters in the Bell Schoolhouse district last week passed a test showing they could deliver more than 30,000 gallons of water to a site in 60 minutes. Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan says the Mississippi State Rating Bureau is ...

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Officials: Arson caused Mississippi furniture factory fire

Officials say they believe a fire at a northeast Mississippi furniture factory was arson. Three buildings at American Furniture Co. in Ecru were destroyed in an Oct. 12 fire. Chief Deputy state Fire Marshal Ricky Davis says investigators found a broken door, plus video of someone entering the building. Investigators conclude someone intentionally set the fire inside the building and ...

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Diamondhead Fire Protection District clerk arrested

DIAMONDHEAD — Hancock County sheriff’s deputies have arrested an employee of the Diamondhead Fire Protection District, accusing her of embezzling more than $25,000 from taxpayers. The Sun Herald reports 55-year-old Sandra Zitterkopf, of Kiln, faces a charge of embezzlement. Sheriff Ricky Adam said his deputies took Zitterkopf into custody just before noon on Monday. Adam said the sheriff’s office began ...

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Investigators find massive Ag Museum fire was an accident

JACKSON — The fire that destroyed three buildings at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum started by accident, the fire marshal said yesterday. Mike Chaney, who is also the state insurance commissioner, said investigators believe the Nov. 13 fire started because hay was stacked too close to wall-mounted light fixtures on the upper floor of a barn. “There were no ...

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Ag Museum to be closed through November; no evidence of arson

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is expected to remain closed to the general public until Dec. 1. Andy Prosser, deputy commissioner of agriculture, tells WJTV in Jackson the facility will be made available to individuals or groups who had already scheduled rentals for events. Three buildings — a children’s barnyard, a veterinary educational building and a maintenance ...

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Massive fire at Ag Museum destroys buildings; no injuries

JACKSON — At least two buildings were destroyed but no people or animals were killed or seriously injured as a large fire burned yesterday evening at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, the state agriculture commissioner said. Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith said it was not immediately clear what sparked the fire, which started about 5 p.m. More than 50 ...

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MSU begins repairs on dorm that burned over the weekend

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University officials say repairs are beginning immediately on a women’s dormitory that was damaged by a Sunday night fire that appears to have been started by a candle burning in one of the rooms. The university said nobody was injured, but more than 150 students stayed elsewhere Sunday night after a fire began around 8 p.m. ...

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