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A tornado destroyed the only fire department in a Mississippi community



The Tornado hit Monroe County Saturday night, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said. It was one of about six tornadoes that hit the state this weekend. One person in Monroe was killed and 10 people injured.

This weekend's massive storm system devastated areas from Texas to Mississippi. Seven people died as a result of the storm, including the person in Mississippi, four in Texas and two in Louisiana.

The Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, declared Sunday the state of emergency for the areas affected by the storm.

A photo of the destroyed fire station shows rubble everywhere and underneath lorries.

Terry Tucker, Monroe's Fire Coordinator, said on Sunday he would be made aware of the fate of the fire brigade building at 1

1:00 pm. Saturday.

"We had a direct hit," said a fireman over the radio with Tucker. "The fire station is (is) gone."

No firefighters were killed or injured, Tucker said.

Tucker said the Hamilton Division was the only one in the immediate vicinity of the small community of about 1,500 people. The nearest station is 14 miles away, Tucker said.

"It's hard to fathom, the fire department is gone," he said. "People will recover for a long time, the fire brigade basically has to start from the beginning, they have good manpower, but they have to start over from scratch."

While the building is gone, Tucker said the unit was able to rescue some equipment, and the trucks are still there, but damaged.

Together with the fire department building, the Tornado destroyed several houses and a retail center on Saturday.


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