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.