Faulty Equipment May Have Caused Fire at Lumber Company in Shuqualak

By Aliyah Veal
The Mississippi Free Press
December 27, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

SHUQUALAK, Mississippi —Shuqualak Fire Department Chief Leon McClendon’s house is close enough to the local planing mill that he could see the bright orange blaze from his back door. …“We have never had that kind of fire here in Noxubee County,” the fire chief told the Mississippi Free Press today. …Reinforcements came in the form of the Macon Fire Department, which brought five trucks and 20 firemen. On the site, McClendon and others discovered that two kilns—buildings used for drying lumber—had caught on fire. “We hesitated a few minutes to wait for (the) county to cut the power—water and power don’t mix,” McClendon said. …While no one was hurt in the fire, one kiln was completely destroyed. The second that had caught on fire was deemed salvageable, and the remaining kiln ended up undamaged. …No one was in the building, and no one was hurt.

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