Petal city attorney sides with Fire Chief in debris burn dispute

By Jeff Daley

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal City attorney Tom Tyner told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday that Fire Chief Joe Hendry did the right thing when he stopped developer Sean Hancock from burning debris piles on 15 acres of land near Highway 42.

Tyner said Hendry acted in accordance with the international fire code when he couldn't give Hancock approval beforehand and when he stopped the burning.

Hancock was arrested at the scene and charged with disorderly conduct for continuing to set more piles on fire as firemen attempted to put them out.

He claimed he had gone through the proper authorities and had permission from four of the cities five aldermen to burn the debris.

Mayor Hal Marx said permission would have to come from the full board in the form of a vote.

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