Fire destroys building, vehicle

BLUE MOUNTAIN – A Saturday morning fire at Kevin’s Auto Sales and Salvage on Miss. 15 just north of Blue Mountain destroyed the building and a vehicle being repaired inside it, according to firefighters. One firefighter injured both hands fighting the blaze at the family-owned business. Blue Mountain volunteer firefighters were dispatched at 11:56 p.m., and found the metal building fully involved. Ripley volunteer firefighters were also called to provide water to help fight the fire, according to Blue Mountain Fire Chief Tate Joshlin. The fire apparently began when a car inside the building caught fire as it was being repaired. Two four-wheelers inside the building were also destroyed, Joshlin said. He said Blue Mountain volunteer firefighter Jackie Hopkins cut his right hand moving metal debris. Hopkins later fell, and a nail pierced his left hand, the fire chief said. He was treated and released from Tippah County Hospital. Firefighters were able to save a mobile home belonging to Kevin Ghanem. which was a few feet from the blazing building. Said County Fire Investigator Martin Henderson Tuesday morning: “The fire appears to be accidental, but the investigation is ongoing.” Firefighters cleared the scene about 3:07 p.m., but were called back several times to douse hot spots, firefighters said.

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