Brush Fire Put Out After Threatening Homes in West Harrison County


Flames threatened the homes of some West Harrison County residents after a brush fire swept out of control Wednesday. Fortunately, no one was injured, and no homes were damaged, thanks to the hard work and quick response of local firefighters and the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Seven trucks and eight Harrison County firefighters, alongside firefighters with the Mississippi Forestry Commission were on scene soon after a brush fire burned out of control in West Harrison County yesterday.

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The large fire took about two hours to extinguish and endangered nearby homes located on Lloyd Ladner Road. Fire officials say the fire started when a man burning leaves lost control of the fire, as the winds picked up and spread the flames.

Fortunately there was no loss of life, nor any major property loss, but people are reminded if they allow fires to get out of control and cause damage to other people’s property, they could be required to pay for the cost of emergency crews responding to the fire. Another good rule of thumb-never leave fires unattended and be sure to have the tools and water needed to control the fires you start.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned....