Several cabins burn on Neshoba County Fairgrounds

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say 15 cabins were destroyed and seven others were damaged by fire Monday morning on the Neshoba County Fairgrounds in east central Mississippi.

Most cabins usually are occupied only during the weeklong fair each summer. The Neshoba Democrat newspaper reports four firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.

The state fire marshal is investigating what started the blaze in the “new” section of the fairgrounds.

Fairview Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 8:43 a.m. and calls went out to other area departments.

The newspaper confirmed the fire was contained by 10:30 a.m., and some of the burned cabins were being demolished with a track hoe.

This year’s Neshoba County Fair is scheduled for July 22-29. The event attracts thousands of people for political speeches, horse racing and other entertainment.

The Associated Press

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