Fire Claims Six Buildings in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. --

A fire on historic Farish Street burned six buildings, including four row houses, Jackson officials said.

The fire started about 5:45 a.m. Friday near Bloom and Boe streets, firefighters said. While the row houses were burning on Farish Street, another vacant home was burning at the same time nearby, fire officials said.

One family evacuated their Farish Street home, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials said some of the buildings were abandoned. Division Chief R.D. Simpson said vacant homes can be fire hazards.

"Whenever you have a situation where you have abandoned homes and everything, there's always a high risk potential of fire, so that's just something that's unfortunate," Simpson said.

Neighborhood resident Rahjauney Hunter said she's happy to see a few of the vacant homes destroyed.

"It's good that it's gone," Hunter said. "If they're ain't nobody staying in them, and they're not able to be fixed up, they should knock them down."

Anthony Benfield, who also lives near the burned houses, said he agrees.

"They ain't really good for the neighborhood," Benfield said. "What they need to do is really just go ahead and tear the abandoned houses down, so we don't have to worry about everything, because these people stay up in these (houses)."

The Jackson Fire Department was trying to determine what caused the fire.

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