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Jones Co. firefighters battle fire and cold weather

By Charles Herrington -  bio | email

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Firefighters were busy this morning in Ovett, not only fighting a residential fire, but also trying to stay warm while doing it.

A fire at a mobile home on Highway 15 around 2:00a.m.destroyed the structure, but caused no injuries. The homeowners were away when the fire broke out.

About a dozen firefighters from several departments worked in 15-degree temperatures to battle the blaze. 

"Last night, was the first experience in my 15 years that I've fought a fire in this kind of temperatures," said Ovett fire chief Gordon Pitts. "It was definitely a challenge.  Our nozzles were icing up and we had to knock ice off equipment and stuff to get it connected; it got rather cold.  Even in full turn-out gear fighting the fire, it got cold."

The homeowners were spending the night away from this trailer because of a broken water pipe. The cause of the fire has not been determined. 

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