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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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Warren County home destroyed in early morning fire

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

A house on West Drive off Naylor Road in Warren County has been destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.

The fire had fully engulfed the home by the time firefighters arrived just after 6:30 a.m.

The homeowner escaped with minor injuries, and fire medics checked to make sure he was not suffering from smoke inhalation. He refused transport to the hospital.

A General Motors pickup truck and a boat trailer parked near the home were also destroyed.

(photo by Thomas Parker)

(photo by Thomas Parker)

Firefighters from all over the county responded to help extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Polk Street home destroyed in overnight blaze

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An overnight fire on Polk Street has left one home destroyed and two neighboring homes damaged.

(photo by Thomas Parker)

The fire at 1028 Polk Street was first reported at 12:53 a.m. Sunday as a burning mattress on the front porch. Vicksburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Henry Williams said that the house was heavily involved upon firefighters’ arrival, and VFD spent several hours battling the blaze.

Engines 6, 7, 8, Platform 1, Rescue, Fire Medic 40 and Battalion 1 responded to extinguish the fire.

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According to Vicksburg Fire Department Chief Craig Danczyk, the structure is a total loss. The homes at 1026 Polk Street and 1030 Polk Street also received damage.

There were no injuries reported.

 

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Early morning house fire on Bowmar Avenue – VIDEO

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A home on Bowmar Avenue caught fire just before 3 a.m. Friday.

Vicksburg Police Deputy Chief Bobby Stewart was the first to arrive, and he found that the house was already heavily involved with smoke showing.

No one was injured in the blaze. Neighbors report that the house is vacant and undergoing renovations.

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According to Chief Danczyk, it appears that the fire started in the rear of the house.  A full investigation into the cause and origin of the blaze will be conducted.

Engines 6, 7, Platform 1, Rescue, Fire Medic 40, along with Battalion 1 (Carl Carson) and Fire Chief Craig Danczyk all responded to help extinguish the fire.

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