Fire off 27 destroys outbuildings, burns 16 acres

Published 11:38 am Thursday, September 1, 2011

One of two brush fires reported Wednesday afternoon off Mississippi 27 burned about 16 acres of land and several buildings on Country Brown Road, said Kelly Worthy, coordinator of the Warren County volunteer fire departments.

The fires were reported around 4 p.m. Two homes on the Country Brown property were not damaged, he said, but a hay barn and a detached garage were destroyed, and an equipment shed was damaged before the blaze was extinguished around 7 p.m. Country Brown runs off Mississippi 27 about eight miles south of U.S. 80.

Worthy said it was unclear how the fire started, but it has been ruled accidental. Power lines were down on the property, but whether that caused the fire or was the result of the fire was not clear, he said.

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Residents were not home when firefighters arrived but returned while they worked to control the blaze, said Worthy. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters from the Fisher Ferry, Culkin and Bovina volunteer fire departments responded along with agents from the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Some of the Fisher Ferry volunteers, headed to the County Brown Road fire, stopped to extinguish an unrelated brush fire in the woods off Mississippi 27. No structures were reported damaged in that blaze.