Jones firefighters familiar with Hunt Refining because of training

Jones firefighters familiar with Hunt Refining because of training

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County firefighters were on familiar ground Tuesday night, when they put out a blaze at an oil company.

Fire officials say regular training exercises at the Hunt Southland Refining Company prepared firefighters for actual emergencies like the one Tuesday, when a tank ignited during an asphalt transfer.

No one was injured.

Firefighters from 10 departments in Jones and Jasper Counties rushed to the scene.

"We've had exercises in that facility in the past and they came into big play last night with the actual event," said Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Coordinator.

"It was quickly determined that there was no threat to the surrounding community, no need for an evacuation, the firefighters and the employees at Hunt had the situation well within hand," said Rodney Parker, deputy director of Jones County Emergency Management.

A spokesman says the company will investigate that fire.