No Evidence of Arson in Mississippi Agriculture Museum Fire

November 19, 2014

The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is expected to remain closed to the general public until Dec. 1.

Andy Prosser, deputy commissioner of agriculture, tells WJTV in Jackson the facility will be made available to individuals or groups who had already scheduled rentals for events.

Three buildings – a children’s barnyard, a veterinary educational building and a maintenance shed – were destroyed. Among the burned items were 100-year-old veterinary artifacts, maintenance tools and golf carts.

No people were injured. Cleanup was beginning.

Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Ricky Davis tells The Clarion-Ledger that investigators have found no evidence of arson.

Davis says the fire marshal’s office is continuing its investigation to determine what happened.

He says the fire started in the children’s barn.

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