Firefighters in Sunflower County, Mississippi, saw a busy start to the Labor Day weekend.

Friday afternoon began the run on activity with a single-car motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of one of the three passengers of the car.

Saturday morning, firefighters from Inverness (Dist. 2) and Moorhead (Dist 3) along with Battalion 1 were dispatched to a single family dwelling fire in the community of Baird. The home was approximately 75% involved upon arrival; and neighbors were unsure if the resident was home. A quick knockdown and initial search of the home revealed that the resident was away at the time of the fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but is believed to have been caused by a faulty ceiling fan.

Just as firefighters were rolling up from the Baird fire, Distrits 2 & 3, Battalion 1, and District 4-Sunflower were dispatched to a mobile home fire just north of the town of Moorhead. First-arriving members reported there was no residential fire, but instead a grass fire totalling about 20 acres of dense, tall, dry grass. A small mobile home park was indeed threatened by the fire. Second alarm requests brought District 1-Indianola and firefighters from the Itta Bena Fire Department in neighboring Leflore County. Firefighters operated at this second fire for approximately five hours. One occupied mobile home and another unoccupied mobile home were destroyed in the quickly moving fire. Several firefighters were treated onscene by the county's Rehab Support Services and local EMS. The fire is believed to have started when a delivery truck struck and broke an electrical service line to a home.

During this fire, the Indianola Fire Department responded to a residential fire that caused heavy damage to the Davist Street home.

Just as the last units were clearing this scene, firefighters from District 4-Sunflower and District 5-Shaw were dispatched to yet another field fire in the Boyer Community. Luckily, however, this fire was quickly controlled by local farmers just prior to fire department arrival.

James A. Whitfield, Jr., MCEM
Sunflower County Fire Coordinator
Indianola, Missisippi
(662) 887-6253
Battalion 1 - The Pride of the South