Responders from Hazlehurst Fire Department, Hazlehurst Volunteer Fire Department and at least one other fire department arrived at the scene shortly after midnight to find one business totally engulfed in flames. After unsuccessful efforts to extinguish the flames, the fire spread to an adjacent business and eventually overtook that structure. Witnesses said that windy conditions hampered the firefighters’ ability to effectively douse the flames.
No injuries were reported.
By mid-morning, the structures were still smoldering. Investigators from Hazlehurst Police Department, the State Fire Marshall’s office and other agencies were descending upon the area today to begin putting the pieces together.
Read more of this developing story in this week’s edition of the Copiah County Courier.