Preliminary jail inspection good

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Officials from the state and city fire marshals&8217; offices inspected the Adams County Jail Thursday, and the preliminary report looks good.

Natchez Fire Marshal Capt. Aaron Wesley said they found a few minor problems, but nothing serious enough to close down the jail.

The jail was built before new codes were put into place requiring sprinkler systems, Sheriff Ronny Brown said Thursday. The architect for the jail attended the inspection and talked with the fire marshals, pointing out safety features.

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&8220;He gave us a lot of insight into the situation,&8221; Wesley said. &8220;He was the one who designed the building in the first place. He came with a set of plans, we discussed the plans and we did the inspection.&8221;

Wesley said the existing fire hose system provided the jail enough fire protection.

Although the sheriff&8217;s office will probably not receive the state fire marshal&8217;s report for a week or so, Brown said he feels good about the situation.

&8220;The fire marshal says we have adequate fire protection,&8221; Brown said. &8220;Not having to put in a sprinkler system will save the county a big expense.&8221;

Because the building was built before code, it is probably grandfathered in, Brown said.

Lack of a sprinkler system raised the question of housing state prisoners because of state fire codes, but Brown said it is not an issue.

He said he is not interested in holding state prisoners because of the cost of feeding and housing them.