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Purvis High School field house destroyed by fire

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) -

The Purvis High School field house was completely destroyed by fire shortly before 1:00 p.m. today. Multiple fire departments from around the county responded to the blaze that gutted the facility.

“It included everything, our weight room, field house, storage, our dressing facility so you know it’s a big loss particularly this time of year to try to get everything pulled back together,” said Purvis Head coach Perry Wheat.

Firefighters could be seen taking off the memorial plaque from the Jack R. Craft Athletic Field House exterior wall as others battled the flames.

“We lost everything, but we are going to work through it, we have already had a ton of people and coaches call and that’s one thing about coaches, they are competitive, but when something bad happens to someone they just are there to help you,” said Wheat.

Four firefighters collapsed due to heat and one was transported to Forrest General Hospital by ambulance. Departments from Pine Ridge, Purvis, Oak Grove, Northeast Lamar, Southeast and Southwest Lamar all responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time, fire investigators on the scene noted that it would be a while before they could begin searching the building due to the intense heat.

 

“The Tornadoes will come back stronger than ever,” said Lamar County Interim Superintendent Tess Smith. 

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