Members of the Lamar County Volunteer Fire Department rang in the New Year with quite the fireworks show along U.S. 98.
However this was no planned show; they were battling the blaze inside of the Lake Serene Fireworks stand.
“We really don’t know the exact cause of it at this time, and good thing it was a tin building that kept most of it contained or it could have been a lot worse really quick,” Lamar County Fire Coordinator George Stephens said.
The westbound lanes of 98 were shut down to passing traffic so Lamar County tanker trucks could line the road as well as ASAP Ambulance service and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department.
No one was injured in the blaze, and the exact cause is under investigation.
Fire officials said that there were reports of people near the building shooting fireworks, but it is unclear if that is what sparked the fire.
“We had a truck on scene within minutes of the call coming in; the first one here was Bartley Faulkner and he did a really great job getting what he could knocked down,” Central Lamar Volunteer Fire Chief Reggie Ridgeway said.
Crews will remain on scene for several hours to extinguish hot spots and to monitor the building.
Lamar Co Firefighters working fireworks stand fire on 98. pic.twitter.com/fp60cFecZn— Ryan Moore (@RyanMooreMS) January 1, 2016
“We don’t know if the building will be a total loss, but it appears the fire got pretty hot and that can do a lot of damage to a metal frame building like this one,” said Stephens.
The building is normally the Lake Serene Lawn Depot, however a sign out front said Lake Serene Fireworks Dec. 5- Jan. 2.