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Historic Downtown Natchez Building Suffers Sunday Morning Blaze
from Michelle Peyroux
September 2, 2018 -

NATCHEZ, Miss. ( — Smoke was seen seeping through the roof tiles Sunday morning at the Historic Prentiss Club on Pearl and Jefferson Streets in Downtown Natchez. 

The Acting Fire Chief, Ventress Green with the Natchez Fire Department, says they received a call from a concerned citizen at approximately 6:58 a.m. to 7 a.m. Per their investigation so far the Chief says that they believe that, "the fire started on the Commerce St. side of the building down close toward the basement." 

There were around 22 fire fighters on the scene. The Chief says that two truck were alerted and two additional truck were sent. Chief Green says that no fire fighters were injured, but that several were exhausted and dehydrated. 

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell said that he had received at text that morning after 7 a.m. that the Prentiss Club was on fire. "This is a sad day, a sad day for Natchez" said the mayor, "this is a Natchez Landmark." 

The seeping smoke quickly turned to large sections of flame covering the rooftop. Mayor Grennell said he heard one of the Firefighters shout, "It's in the attic, it's in the attic." 

The blaze quickly took the roof of the front part of the building and spread to the side of the historic structure that sits on Jefferson Street within minutes while more fire crews arrived on the scene.

The fire was knocked down withing 3 1/2 hours, Chief Green says, "the firemen made a fantastic knock down of the fire."

Chief Green says that in his opinion the building seems salvageable. 

According to Mayor Grennell Fred and Melinda Kent had just recently purchased the long for sale building and had just been working on the building the day before. The mayor says that the Kents had been working on the building aggressively for the past month and had planned to turn it into an Art Gallery.

The fire crews had the blaze under control by 9 a.m.


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