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Tebow is a Ringo fan

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Tim Tebow, Kayla Riggs and Ringo (photo courtesy MS Fire Marshals Office)

Deputy State Fire Marshal Kayla Riggs was doing a check of the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson Thursday morning when she realized her K-9 partner had a not-so-secret, well-known admirer. Riggs said she almost didn’t recognize Tim Tebow behind his mask. Tebow was at the Trade Mart as a lunch speaker at Mistletoe Marketplace.

Her K-9 partner, Ringo, is an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois trained in explosives detection. The duo is frequently deployed to large gatherings at facilities where they scan the grounds for possible threats. Riggs said Ringo and Tebow quickly made friends and exchanged some admiration and love for each other.

Tebow and Ringo were fast friends (photo courtesy of MS Fire Marshals Office).

Riggs, Ringo and Chief Fire Marshall Ricky Davis say that now is the time of year to be most fire conscious.

“No one should ever lay down and go to sleep under a roof without a working smoke detector. They save lives,” Davis said. “The winter months are the most critical times for fires. The change in temperatures causes people to start up heating devices and build fires without taking the proper precautions.”

“Plug heaters directly into the wall socket, never into extension cords or surge protectors that can overheat and start fires,” he added.

Riggs and Davis stressed the importance of having a fire safety plan and “turning your attention to fire prevention.”

They said that drinking and cooking often leads to kitchen fires throughout the holiday season, prompting the “stand by your pan” theme the marshal’s office is trying to get across to Mississippians. It only takes seconds for a grease or kitchen fire to get out of control.

Both Davis and Riggs encourage people to visit the State Fire Marshal website and follow them on Facebook. The sites are updated continuously with pertinent information.

“By following these tips,” Davis said, “Mississippians can have a warm, worry free winter.”

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Polk Street home destroyed in overnight blaze

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An overnight fire on Polk Street has left one home destroyed and two neighboring homes damaged.

(photo by Thomas Parker)

The fire at 1028 Polk Street was first reported at 12:53 a.m. Sunday as a burning mattress on the front porch. Vicksburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Henry Williams said that the house was heavily involved upon firefighters’ arrival, and VFD spent several hours battling the blaze.

Engines 6, 7, 8, Platform 1, Rescue, Fire Medic 40 and Battalion 1 responded to extinguish the fire.

(photo by Thomas Parker)

According to Vicksburg Fire Department Chief Craig Danczyk, the structure is a total loss. The homes at 1026 Polk Street and 1030 Polk Street also received damage.

There were no injuries reported.

 

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Early morning house fire on Bowmar Avenue – VIDEO

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Photo by Thomas Parker

A home on Bowmar Avenue caught fire just before 3 a.m. Friday.

Vicksburg Police Deputy Chief Bobby Stewart was the first to arrive, and he found that the house was already heavily involved with smoke showing.

No one was injured in the blaze. Neighbors report that the house is vacant and undergoing renovations.

(photo by Thomas Parker)

According to Chief Danczyk, it appears that the fire started in the rear of the house.  A full investigation into the cause and origin of the blaze will be conducted.

Engines 6, 7, Platform 1, Rescue, Fire Medic 40, along with Battalion 1 (Carl Carson) and Fire Chief Craig Danczyk all responded to help extinguish the fire.

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Early morning fire destroys Warren County mobile home – VIDEO

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A Warren County family lost their home and vehicle to a fire Thursday morning, but escaped the blaze unharmed.

Warren County firefighters responded to an early morning structure fire at Pecanwood Mobile Home Park at 2460 Old Highway 27, Lot 10 for a residential fire. The call was dispatched at 4:40 a.m.

According to Warren County Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs, early arriving firefighters found the single-wide mobile home heavily involved and the residents’ vehicle approximately 50% involved.

Photo by Thomas Parker

Firefighters concentrated their early efforts on extinguishing the vehicle and protecting the adjacent structures as they were extremely close to the blaze. An additional issue was the large amount of leaves and trees that were fueling the fire.

Briggs said the three occupants were safely evacuated. A Vicksburg Fire Medic Unit responded to the scene to examine the residents for possible smoke inhalation, but all refused transport to a medical facility.

Photo by Thomas Parker

Briggs said the cause and origin of the fire is under investigation, but it appears the fire started in the central area of the mobile home. He went on to remind the public that with the change in weather conditions to please use caution with heating devices. Plug electric heaters directly into the wall outlet. He also encourages everyone to have working smoke detectors throughout their homes.

Engines 303 (Fisher Ferry) and 205 (Culkin) responded to battle the blaze along with firefighters from throughout the county.

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