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Jones County firefighters swamped with house fires

By Jeff Daley – email

Jones County, MS (WDAM) - A Wednesday morning house fire on River Road, south of Ellisville was another total loss. Firefighters from Southwest, South Jones and Boggy fought the blaze, but arrived too late to save the structure.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire. The family was in the process of moving into a new home located on the same property.  Jones County volunteer firefighters have now battled 40 structure fires since late last year.

"It's obviously at some point going to take a toll and were trying to reduce that affect by calling additional resources when possible," said Jones County fire coordinator Dan McKenna. "Obviously during the daytime all the districts are short on man power."

McKenna said there is no common thread in the causes of these fires. Some have been suspicious in nature and are under investigation while the others range from overloaded circuits to faulty or old wiring to improper use of space heaters.

"There are certain signals that people should be aware of," said Dan McKenna.  "If your electrical circuit breakers trip in the house one time, check it twice and get a professional in there to take a look at it to see what's causing that to happen.  "Your heating devices and your electric space heaters need to be plugged into a wall outlet by themselves.  Don't use extension cords."

Despite the unprecedented number of fires in the county in such a short period of time, no one has been killed and injuries to residents as well as firefighters have been minor. 

"If it keeps going at this pace, sooner or later fate is going to catch up with us and we are going to experience a fatality or fatalities," said McKenna.

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