JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Lightning is the most likely cause of the pallet warehouse fire on Mill Street Tuesday evening that sent towering flames into the sky and took more than two hours to get under control. Fire crews remained hard at work on the scene well into Wednesday.
"We got fresh crews in today to extinguish some of the hot spots, trying to get up under the debris where some of the embers are still alive. Most of the debris you're looking at now is heavy metal," said Greg Travis, Jackson Fire Department (JFD) Chief Investigator.
The pallet warehouse was a complete loss. The vacant Jitney Jungle building next door was also destroyed, but Bolden Body Shop, on the other side, is open for business.
"I called the insurance company first thing (Wednesday morning), then started calling customers, let them know what happened. The extent of the damage to their vehicles, what's next to do," said shop owner Marilyn Bolden.
Seven vehicles inside the paint shop, in various stages of repair, were destroyed. Bolden said each customer's personal insurance should cover his or her losses. She's still waiting for the store's insurance adjuster.
"We're gonna temporarily shift some stuff around, temporarily, eventually just fix this building back," Bolden said.
Body shop employees worked Wednesday but not on cars.
"Taking everything out of the building, cleaning the floor. A lot of debris, soot, stuff like that on the floor," said employee Greg Holliday.
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