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Jones County fire fighters strained with over 40 fires in one year

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - There was yet another house fire in Jones County Wednesday morning - the 40th fire since this time last year.

This unprecedented number of structure fires has put a strain on the volunteer firefighters throughout the county.

Wednesday morning's fire at a home on River Road south of Ellisville was a 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.

"At some point it's going to take a toll, and were trying to reduce that effect 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's certain signals that people should be aware of," said McKenna. "If your electrical circuit breakers trip in the house one time check it twice; get a professional in there to take a look at it and see what's causing that to happen. Your heating devices, your electric space heaters, those need to be plugged into a circuit, 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, injuries to residents as well as firefighters have been for the most part minor, and fortunately there has been no loss of life.

"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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