ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - It appeared to be a normal morning at Sherwin Williams in Ocean Springs — until locals woke up to a smokey fog.
"It wasn't bad yesterday, just this morning. It's hard to breath when you go outside," store owner Nick Beeler said.
Beeler says he's hoping the aftermath of Wednesday's brush fire won't effect his business.
Bennie Dill has been a contractor for more than 40 years, and often comes to Sherwin Williams for supplies. However, the smoke filled streets made his trip on Thursday difficult, but bearable.
"I'll hold my breath when I come get in and out of the truck when I come in here. I'll be fine," Dill said.
As for Omar Vasquez, things will be a bit more difficult.
"We work outside and breathing this smoke makes it hard. Not just to work outside is it hard in construction, but breathing this smoke will make it worse," Vasquez said.
Vasquez, who paints houses in the Ocean Springs area, says it will be a struggle working while dealing with the smoke.
"I have never seen this before. This is something new. As you can see outside, it's everywhere," said Vasqueze. "It worries me."
Vasquez says despite the smoke, the work can't stop. The painter hopes officials find the cause of the fire so it doesn't happen again.
"Of course we gotta work, and we have to get our jobs done. We'll see what happens through the day and hopefully they come with an answer," he said in faith.
Fire officials have emphasized that the smoke area is safe. The Mississippi Forestry Commission continues to investigate the cause of the fire.