Two firefighters injured, two blazes under control

Two firefighters injured, two blazes under control

08 January 2011

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USA — Two volunteer firefighters were injured today in their efforts to put out three separate wildfires that are expected to burn more than 500 acres.

Ansul Jones iwith the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department s undergoing treatment for smoke inhalation at Hancock Medical Center, said Assistant Chief Zeke Hall.

Jerry Welch, also from West Hancock, was treated and released for injuries he received in a traffic accident while on his way to a fire today in his personal vehicle, Jones said.

Jones said firefighters first responded to a wildfire in the Ansley community between Clermont Harbor and Pearlington around 11 a.m. West Hancock and Bayside Volunteer fire departments responded to the fire, which covered less than an acre.

Shortly after extinguishing that fire, they were called to another blaze at Springwood Park on Maple Street. Crews are continuing to work that fire, which Jones expects to cover about 500 acres by the time it is extinguished.

West Hancock and Bayside are being assisted by the Clermont Volunteer Fire Department and crews with the Mississippi Forestry Commission on that fire, Jones said.

The third fire, worked by West Hancock, was less than an acre on August Ladner Road off Lower Bay Road, Jones said.

Jones said the first fire was intentionally set and is either an arson case or someone who started a grassfire and didn’t stay with it.

The other two fires were trash fires that got out of control, he said.

While the fires did pose a danger to structures, none were lost, he said.

Jones is advising residents to use extreme caution when burning trash or grass, even after rain. “The high wind is drying everything out even after it rains,” he said.

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