HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A woods fire sparked by a welder has been contained at Port Bienville in Hancock County. Officials say there is no longer a threat to 40 rail cars filled with chemicals.
The fire consumed hundreds of acres from the north gate of Port Bienville east toward Lower Bay Road. West Hancock County Fire Chief Kim Jones said the fire started around 1 p.m. with a welding spark from a crew working on a sewer line across the street from the port.
"This was strictly an accident. Nothing could have prevented it," Jones said. "The contractors had fire extinguishers and tried to put it out themselves, but the fire got away from them, because it's so windy. They didn't do anything wrong."
Chief Jones said one firefighter from the Mississippi Forestry Commission was overcome by smoke and was taken to the hospital. Firefighters from West Hancock County, Bayside, Clermont Harbor and the Mississippi Forestry Commission all helped battle the flames.