Downtown Jackson buildings engulfed in flames

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson firefighters are currently on the scene of a large fire involving three downtown buildings on Monument and Mill streets.

Jitney Jungle Wholesale Produce, Bolden Body Shop and the old Web South Printing are the buildings on fire. Explosions could be heard coming from inside those structures.

The old Web South Printing building is completely collapsed. Portions of the Jitney Jungle building are collapsed while other parts remained on fire. Firefighters were pouring water on the Bolden building in an effort to salvage any of the business possible.

Smoke billowing from the fire could be seen from several miles away. Eyewitnesses said a lightening strike caused the fire.

Lt. Lee Vance, with the Jackson Police Department, is asking that motorists avoid the area. JPD has blocked Mill Street, between Monument and Amite streets.

Further details were not immediately available.

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