Jones County Poultry Farmer Loses Layer Houses

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JONES CO, MS - A fire in the Myrick community of Jones County destroyed a poultry farmer’s two layer houses and an egg house, Monday afternoon, February 23, an estimated half-a-million dollar loss.

At 12:37 p.m., fire units from M&M, Powers, Glade, and Rustin Volunteer Fire Departments responded to Charles Boles Road where the large chicken houses, owned by Preston Braddock, who grows for Wayne Farms, were totally engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene.

Braddock said they had just collected eggs, shut everything down, and were own their way to the Burger Barn for lunch, when his wife called to tell him that the houses were on fire.

Firefighters remained on scene for over four hours performing fire suppression and overhaul operations.

The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation by Jones County Sheriff’s Department Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable.

Linda Cranford, Jones County Fire Service PIO

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