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Fire plug hidden in overgrowth; Jackson homes goes up in flames

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson family is homeless after their home burned and the Jackson Fire Department is looking into a report that firefighters on the scene were unable to locate a nearby hydrant.

The home on Bell Court is a total loss. The fire broke out around nine o'clock Tuesday night. Homeowner Annie Tyler says firefighters lost time when they were unable to find the nearest hydrant located on an overgrown corner lot.

We found the hydrant Wednesday and it was totally concealed by overgrown grass and just three houses away. The next nearest fire plugs were a block away in either direction.

"They didn't know where it was at," said Tyler. "They didn't know it was there period. So I figure a firefighter should know in every neighborhood where the faucets are. So when they do come in and are out of water, they will know how to get the water."

No one was home when the blaze consumed the house except Tyler's beloved pet. Smokey could not get out and died in the fire.

Chief Arson Investigator Greg Travis says he was unaware of the circumstances.

Each district is responsible for checking and maintaining hydrants once a year. An investigation is ongoing.

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