Downtown streets remain closed after massive fire - - Jackson, MS

Downtown streets remain closed after massive fire

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Fire officials were still monitoring the aftermath Wednesday morning of a massive blaze that destroyed several downtown buildings the night before.

Firefighters manned the scene overnight, knocking out hot spots before they erupted into flames. W hen the buildings have cooled, fire investigators will work to determine what sparked the blaze, which broke out just after 7 o'clock Tuesday night at the old Web South Printing building on Mill Street at Monument Street.

The flames quickly spread to buildings on either side, destroying part of the old Jitney Jungle building, and damaging Bolden Body Shop.

The morning after, Mill Street remained shut down between Hamilton and Monument Streets. All Westbound lanes of Monument Street were shut down at Farish Street.  Fire officials said they needed room to work and were concerned that the remnants of a partially collapsed wall were unstable and could harm passersby.

The fire began after a powerful thunderstorm tore through the area. While firefighters are still determining the cause, some believe weather was a major factor.

"It's sad.  You feel like you can't do anything.  It's kind of just out of everybody's control. I guess it's an act of God, because it was lightning," said Marilyn Bolden, owner of Bolden Body Shop.

No injuries were reported. 

Fire officials said they will reopen the streets when they determine the area is safe for the public.

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