Deaths, wrecks, closings blamed on storm in Miss.


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Arctic blast that sent subfreezing temperatures, snow and sleet across Mississippi is being blamed for four deaths from a fire as well as hundreds of wrecks and road closures.

The four victims in the early Tuesday mobile home fire, blamed on a faulty gas space heater in the living room, ranged from 3 months to 30 years old, Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol warned motorists to stay off the roads and highways until at least noon Thursday.

Highway Patrol spokesman Warren Strain says icy conditions remain extremely hazardous in the southern half of the state.

Strain says up to midnight Wednesday, the Highway Patrol had 358 reports of accidents in the southern half of the state.

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