Firemen stand in nearly waist deep water as their water and water from the sprinkler system begin to flood the loading docks at Washington Furniture Wednesday morning.

Since 2001, Daily Journal archives show nine fires at furniture factories in Northeast Mississippi. 

Here is a breakdown of the incidents:

  • March 21,2001: Warehouse destroyed at Kingsington Furniture in Pontotoc County.
  • October 8, 2001: Most of Regal House in Ecru damaged, resulting in $1.6 million in damage.
  • February 12, 2008: Warehouse and offices destroyed, along with Plant No. 1 at American Furniture in Ecru.
  • April 11, 2012: Some furniture destroyed, but no building damage in fire at Ashley Furniture in Ecru.
  • May 26, 2014: A small electrical fire broke out in the warehouse of United Furniture in Okolona.
  • January 5, 2018: Fire destroys about one-third of the 1 million-square-foot American Furniture plant in Ecru.
  • August 18, 2018: Smoke was reported at United Furniture in Okolona, coming from batteries that were being charged next to golf carts used to travel around the factory. 
  • September 26, 2018: Manufacturing warehouse facility catches fire at Washington Furniture in Pontotoc. The fire re-ignited on Sept. 28, and investigators ruled the initial fire as arson.
  • October 13, 2018: Firefighters are on the scene for the second time this year at American Furniture in Pontotoc County.

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