Philadelphia Fire Chief Pierce Clark and 10 to 12 other firefighters from his department are in Louisville tonight assisting with a primary search of neighborhoods after a devastating tornado that has killed at least four.
Philadelphia Fire Chief Pierce Clark and 10 to 12 other firefighters from his department are in Louisville tonight assisting with a primary search of neighborhoods after a devastating tornado that has killed at least four.
Philadelphia Fire Chief Pierce Clark and 10 to 12 other firefighters from his department are in Louisville tonight assisting with a primary search of neighborhoods after a devastating tornado that has killed at least four.

Clark, a team leader for the MEMA Task Force, said there were an unknown number of fatalities in the city of Louisville in wake of the tornado.

"We made our way to the Winston hospital but it took forever," Clark said. "It took a direct hit. We set up a command post at the hospital initially which was later relocated to City Hall.

The hospital is non-functioning. It has severe, major damage. A neighborhood east of the hospital is devastated and a couple of neighborhoods south of the city."

Clark said one of the biggest challenges came when the Winston hospital was forced to shut down its ambulance service.

He said paramedics from his department as well as Choctaw Fire Department were treating victims in place in the field.

"There are a tremendous number of injuries," he said.

Despite that, Clark said his department was still well staffed in Philadelphia.
"The city of Philadelphia is still very well covered," Clark said. "There are no safety issues."

University of Mississippi Medical Center has sent a team to evacuate the facility and transfer patients.

The tornado caused significant damage at Four Corners and Arlington and briefly closed Mississippi 19 north, but there were no serious injuries in Neshoba County.