No structural damage in Wednesday fire at Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience


No structural damage in Wednesday fire at Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience
  1. No structural damage in Wednesday fire at Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience
    meridianstar.com
    A Wednesday fire at the Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience construction site on Front Street in Meridian caused no structural damage to the facility, authorities…
    Mississippi (MS)

A Wednesday fire at the Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience construction site on Front Street in Meridian caused no structural damage to the facility, authorities said. 

Fire Marshal Jason Collier said very little damage was done to the building, noting smoke and possible heat damage. The smoke came from overheated tar, Collier said.

"Just a gallon of tar will put up a lot of smoke. There's a lot tar, probably at least 100 gallons," Collier said.

Collier attributed the problem to a tar kettle that heats the tar for the roofing. He noted that the building never caught fire, but that the proximity of the kettle to the building made it appear so.

"The building was not involved in the fire," Collier said. "Any number of things can go wrong with the tar kettle, especially one of that size. It's fed by propane and it's essentially a fish cooker, with an open flame under a tank and tar. It can boil over if it has too much in it or it can get too hot and once the tar gets on the open flame it can catch on fire."

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Construction workers can be seen on the roof of the Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience after a fire broke out Wednesday morning.

Whitney Downard / The Meridian Star

Collier reported no injuries. 

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