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Early morning fire destroys home on Valley Street – details plus video

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The home on Valley Street will be a complete loss.

A Valley Street home that had been unoccupied for a couple of years was destroyed by fire early this morning.

Firefighters received the call of a structure fire in the 2900 block of Valley Street at 4:49 a.m. The first officer on the scene reported flames and smoke were showing. When Engine 6 from Central Fire Station and Engine 7 from Station 7 on Washington Street arrived a couple of minutes later, the structure was over 50% engulfed. By the time water was supplied moments later, the 80-year-old wooden structure was fully engulfed in flames.

The fire on Valley Street this morning.

The home had been unoccupied since the homeowner passed away a couple of years ago. The adult children checked on the house frequently, according to neighbors.

The structure appears to be a complete loss. There is no word on the cause of the fire.

The fire on Valley Street this morning.

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Father of family of seven who died in Clinton fire in critical condition; funds being raised for expenses

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Brittany Presley, 33, ‪Landon Brookshire, 15, ‪Lane Presley, 13, ‪Lawson Presley, 12, ‪Grayson Presley, 6, ‪Malcom Presley, 4, and Felicity Presley, 1, died when their house burned down Saturday, Feb. 8. The father is hospitalized in critical condition. (photo courtesy of the family)

The father of a family that died in Saturday’s tragic house fire in Clinton was critically injured attempting to save his wife and their six children.

He didn’t want to leave the scene, said Mark Jones, City of Clinton communications director. Transported to Merit Health Central Hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, as well as cuts and bruises, he was listed in critical but stable condition last night.

His name has not been released in accordance with HIPPA regulations, Jones said.

Victims of the fire were identified by Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart. They are: Brittany Presley, 33, ‪Landon Brookshire, 15, ‪Lane Presley, 13, ‪Lawson Presley, 12, ‪Grayson Presley, 6, ‪Malcom Presley, 4, and Felicity Presley, 1.

Brittany Presley taught school at Reuben B. Myers Canton School of Arts and Sciences, and one of her sons attended preschool there. Four of the children attended Clinton public schools including Clinton Park Elementary, Lovett Elementary and Clinton Junior High.

The Clinton Fire Department and the Mississippi Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating to determine the cause of the fire as well as why the family was unable to get out of the house. Burglar bars on the windows and doors may have trapped them inside.

At this time, foul play is not suspected, Jones said.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Old Vicksburg Road and Hobby Farm Road. Four fire engines and a ladder truck needed 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

Two funds have been established to assist the family with funeral and medical expenses:

  • Family members have set up a GoFundMe page.
  • The Presley’s church, Raymond Road Baptist, has established a fund. Send donations to: Jake Presley Fund, c/o Raymond Road Baptist Church, 4622 Raymond Road, Jackson MS 39212.

Information from the Clarion Ledger and WLBT.

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Seven dead in Clinton house fire

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(photo source WLBT via Twitter)

Seven people have died in a house fire in Clinton.

Clinton Fire Chief Jeff Blackledge said the fire started about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, WLBT reports.

The victims, one adult and six children, range in age from 1 to 33 years old.

The house is located at Old Vicksburg Road and Hobby Farm Road in Clinton.

The Clinton Fire Department and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal are investigating.

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House fire on Azalea Lane this morning

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A house fire in the 100 block of Azalea Lane in Vicksburg brought out several fire engines around 9 a.m. today.

The cause of the fire has not been determined; however, firefighters dragged a smoking piece of furniture from the house.

No injuries have been reported. Damage to the home could be extensive.

See our live, on-the-scene video on our Facebook page.

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