Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
Ronald Sanders and his fiancee spent the day Wednesday digging through the rubble of their home looking for what they could salvage after an overnight fire.
Sanders says the home is a total loss and the family lost most of their possessions and he is blaming firefighters for what he called their unprofessional approach to fighting the fire.
He says the damage to his home could have been far less if not for a series of events starting with the fire department response time.
"At about 11:45 p.m. we called 911 and it was 12:26 a.m. Wednesday before the first engine arrived and started putting water on the fire," said Sanders.
Lumberton Fire Chief Jerry Walters said he was personally on the scene with-in ten minutes of the dispatch. He said they were having problems getting the engine started back at the station and he called for mutual aid from Lamar and Pearl River Counties.
Records indicate that South East Lamar was the first to arrive at 12:07 a.m. followed by Lumberton, North East Pearl River, and South West Lamar.
"About 4:30 a.m. this morning all of the fire departments withdrew with exception of Lumberton," said Sanders. "Somebody from the Lumberton Fire Department made a comment that they weren't happy about it because they left them with a lot of hot spots in the house."
Walters agreed the assisting fire departments did pull out at around 4:30 a.m. He said the fire was contained and his crew was left to put out the hot spots.Walters added they left at around 5:45 a.m. believing the fire was out. He said they intended to return during daylight hours when they would have better access to the attic where the fire was centered.
"They probably weren't gone 15 minutes when I attempted to make entry into the house to retrieve some things," said Sanders. "When I went back inside I noticed a lot of flames at the rear of the house."
Sanders says he tried to call the fire department back but couldn't reach them. He then called the Lumberton Police and they arrived in about 10-minutes. He says it was another 10-minutes before Walters returned to the scene.
"There's no fire engine in sight. I guess after about 15-minutes I was getting a little upset and I asked if anybody was coming to put the fire out," said Sanders. "It was getting out of control at this point."
Walters said it took a little time to get the fire truck back to the scene because it was at the station getting refilled with water and getting the air tanks for firefighters refilled. He added this was a very difficult fire to fight because the shingle roof was covered by tin and the ceilings were made of plywood.
A ladder truck was brought in from Lamar County early in the morning to help get the tin off the roof and get better access to the fire.
Firefighters finally were able to clear the scene at around 10 a.m.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
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