State Fire Marshal: Cause of apartment fire was electrical

Published 12:04 pm Friday, January 10, 2020

The 12-unit apartment building at The Landings Apartments was destroyed by an electrical fire that started in the building’s attic, according to information from the Mississippi Fire Marshal’s Office.

The fire, according to the report, was not suspicious.

The Monday afternoon fire at the 12-unit building, known as Building 9, displaced 23 residents.

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Firefighters were notified of the blaze about 2 p.m. Monday and arrived at the scene to see smoke and fire coming from the building. Witnesses said they saw fire coming from the roof area above an apartment on the building’s third floor before the firefighters arrived.

Firefighters attempted to contain the blaze to the third-floor area, but were unsuccessful, and moved to a strategy to protect a nearby building. The siding on that building and on two others directly across the parking lot from the fire was warped from the heat of the inferno.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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