POPLARVILLE, Miss. (WHLT) – Leaders with the Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service announced a fire caused major damage to the building housing its office in Pearl River County. The fire happened Wednesday night.
The office moved to a temporary location, 204 South Julia Street in Poplarville. The facility is scheduled to be operational by April 16. The main office number, 601-403-2280, is still active for clients in need of assistance. MSU Extension operations in Pearl River County will take place at this location indefinitely.
Pearl River County Administrator Adrian Lumpkin said the building’s north side was struck by lightning. Firefighters contained the blaze before it reached the Extension office, but damage to the rest of the structure was too extensive for future use. No one was in the building at the time of the incident.