JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -
This Taking Back Our Neighborhoods report is about an eyesore in our own backyard, so to speak; a burned out shell of a building on south Jefferson Street.
Smoke could be seen for miles around the city of Jackson; captured by Skycopter. The city facility on south Jefferson Street was engulfed in flames.
"Bottom part is a testing lab and I was in the lab and I go out to leave and when I turned the corner, I saw smoke and I started blowing the horn and the office lady run out and saw it and called 911," said Bill James, who worked there.
"The building, once used as a city asphalt testing lab, then a care and maintenance storage facility, was destroyed." said Jackson Fire Department Chief Investigator Gregory Travis. "Well, we do know the area where it looks like the primary may have initiated, was a woodwork area for the city of Jackson..."
That was January 9th, a week after the start of the new year. Almost 12 months later, pretty much nothing has been done. A fence has been built around the building, but that's it.
What remains is what was left after firefighters finally doused the flames; twisted steel beams melted from the intense heat, a partially collapsed brick structure, rusted out equipment and worthless debris, not a good representation of the capital city for those who pass by this on their way to and from work.
I checked with Jackson police officer Colendula Green, to see what, if any plans there are for cleaning up the site. She's checking it out and she says she will let me know as soon as she finds out. I will keep you posted.
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