Metro fire brigades fight huge hotel fire

The Jackson Fire Department has battled the flames of a massive hotel fire. The fire broke out at the Old Ramada Inn on Ellis Avenue near Highway 80 around 11 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities say the abandoned hotel had no power and the homeless community often resides at the old inn. “I fell asleep and when I woke up the window was broken. It was like someone was breaking wood in front of the door,” said a woman who managed to escape the flames. It took several Hinds County Fire Departments and volunteer organizations and a Rankin County Fire Department to extinguish the flames. While putting out the fire, firefighters struggled to extinguish the flames, saying there were times when they had no water available. Parts of Jackson have been suffering from a lack of water pressure for more than a week. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the need for water was not a result of the city’s latest water crisis. “I have no information to dispute that in my previous conversations. I have been told by our fire service that they have everything they need to fight fires, so I don’t know why it could have been the size of the fire. That’s not unusual,” said Lumumba. According to assistant fire chief Patrick Armon, two fire hydrants on the private property were not in operation. The nearest fire hydrant on Highway 80 and McDonald’s was working and had adequate water pressure. The fire flared up again after 9 a.m. Monday and several fire trucks returned to the crime scene. The Hinds County, Raymond and Brownsville Fire Departments arrived at the scene with tank trucks. It is not clear whether there have been any injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Richard Watkins of the Mississippi Ratings Bureau sets fire ratings statewide. He said fire hydrants on both private and public properties should be inspected annually by the city to make sure they are working.

Jackson firefighters battle the flames of a massive hotel fire.

The fire broke out at the Old Ramada Inn on Ellis Avenue near Highway 80 around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Officials said the abandoned hotel had no power and the homeless community often resides in the old inn.

“I fell asleep and when I woke up, the window was smashed. It was like someone was breaking wood in front of the door,” said a woman who managed to escape the flames.

It took several Hinds County fire and volunteer organizations and a Rankin County fire department to extinguish the flames.

While putting out the fire, firefighters had trouble extinguishing the flames, saying there were times when they had no water available. Parts of Jackson have been suffering from a lack of water pressure for more than a week.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the need for water was not a result of the city’s latest water crisis.

“I have no information to dispute that in my previous conversations. I have been told by our fire service that they have everything they need to fight fires, so I don’t know why it could have been the size of the fire. That’s not unusual,” said Lumumba.

According to assistant fire chief Patrick Armon, two fire hydrants on the private property were not in use. The nearest fire hydrant on Highway 80 and McDonald’s was working and had adequate water pressure.

The fire flared up again after 9 a.m. Monday with several fire trucks returning to the crime scene. The Hinds County, Raymond and Brownsville Fire Departments arrived at the scene with tank trucks.

It is not clear whether there have been any injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Richard Watkins of the Mississippi Ratings Bureau sets fire ratings statewide. He said fire hydrants on both private and public properties should be inspected annually by the city to make sure they are working.

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