[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usNu3TWaFdM[/youtube] At about 9:23 p.m., Vicksburg Fire Department officials were on the scene of a tree sparking on a power line near Indiana Avenue and North Frontage Road. Firefighters reported hearing a crash on the south side of the interstate and thought that a power pole had fallen. They reported in to E-911 that they were en-route to investigate. They reported an overturned 18-wheeler, immediately upon their arrival at the scene of the accident. The truck, a contracted truck hauling FedEx trailers, overturned on I-20 near the Indiana Avenue exit ramp onto I-20 eastbound. The aforementioned exit ramp is closed due to the a downed power pole, which seems to have been struck by the 18-wheeler. Crews will remain on the scene for a few hours in order to clean up the diesel fuel leaking from the truck and the wreckage itself. The southernmost lane of I-20, nearest the Kangaroo station, remains open at this time, but we encourage you to find an alternate route.
Photo Credit: Vicksburg Daily News Reporter Andy Webb
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Be aware of holiday fire dangers, Mississippi Fire Marshal cautions
For many of us, it’s just not Christmas until the tree is up and decorated, and for some, there’s nothing like the scent and feel of a live tree.
While live trees are wonderful, they can present a fire hazard, especially as the tree dries out.
On Tuesday, Dec.4, the Mississippi Fire Marshal’s office posted this video demonstrating how quickly a Christmas tree can go up in flames.
So far in 2019, 57 people have died in fires in Mississippi, reports WAPT. According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, there were no working smoke alarms in 84 percent of those cases.
To keep you and your loved ones safe, the State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends the following fire safety measures for live trees and holiday decorations:
- Use holiday decorations made with flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
- Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Use lights approved by Underwriter’s Laboratories.
- Do not overload extension cords.
- Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.
- Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
- Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are placed away from tree branches.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.
- Take the tree down when it becomes dry. Recycle it, use it as a fish shelter in a farm pond or put it out with the trash. Do not burn it in the fireplace. Heat may explode the wood and set the room on fire.
For more fire safety information, visit the Mississippi Fire Marshal website.
Branches down and standing water-Video
We are seeing branches down and standing water all over town. This will only increase throughout the event today. Use great caution.
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