A house fire has claimed the life of a child in Warren County.
Just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, Vicksburg-Warren 911 received notification of a structure fire with entrapment in the 6000 block of Halls Ferry Road.
Two people were able to escape from the burning house. According to Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace, two deputies along with a neighbor attempted to enter the home to rescue a child who was still trapped inside. Unfortunately, the fire was too intense.
Fisher Ferry Firefighters arrived next and were able to battle the blaze while recovering the victim. Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey later pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation by Sheriff’s Investigator Sam Winchester along with officials from the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office.
A crisis response team from Warren Yazoo Mental Health responded to the scene to offer support to the family. They later met with the firefighters to offer grief counseling as well.
Sheriff Pace said the two deputies, Michael Rainey and Dustin Keyes, were sent for medical examination at Merit Health River Region due to smoke inhalation.
The identity of the deceased child is being withheld until all appropriate notifications have been made.