Biloxi Firefighters Battle Business Fire

Hobby Lobby closed its doors a little early today after a fire broke out at the store.

Hobby Lobby Employee Ruben Alvarez said, "We heard a small explosion, like a big bang, and I had to come back, I was bringing some stuff back into the warehouse, and the floor was on fire."

He beat out the first fire with a broom.

He said, "Then the flames started coming out with the trash compactor, so I called my manager up, and we got some fire extinguishers and tried to put it out ourselves. It was too big, and we called the fire department."

Captain Michael Thomas with the Biloxi Fire Department said, "No fire is ever routine. You've always got to expect the worst."

Fire fighters arrived on the scene shortly after the fire broke out, but they couldn't get to the heart of the fire because the trash compactor was locked on the inside.

They tried wrench open the door.

Then they tried to get to the fire through the compactor opening inside the building, but that didn't work either.

Battling the fire from a small hole in the top of the dumpster failed, too.

Finally, they had to call for back up.

About 15 minutes later, a second fire truck arrived on the scene and pushed the trash container about seven feet away, allowing the fire fighters to get inside.

Captain Thomas said, "There was nothing but compressed boxes, and it took a while to get all the boxes pulled away and get some foam on it to get the fire smothered out."

No one was injured in the fire, and it appears the only people put out by the fire were the shoppers.

"Oh no, it didn't put a damper on our shopping plans at all. We'll continue and give it gung ho," said one shopper.

The fire is still under investigation.