A mom and her six children died when a fire destroyed his house early Saturday in central Mississippi, authorities said.
The dad was the only survivor of this 12:30 a.m. blaze in Clinton, a town of approximately 26,500 people just outside the capital city of Jackson. He tried to rescue family and endured smoke inhalation, burns, bruises and cuts, town spokesman Mark Jones told The Associated Press.
He had been taken to a nearby hospital but”needed to remain in the scene,” Jones stated.
The scene in the home later in the afternoon was one of devastation. The charred remains of this single-story wood frame home partly coated with melted siding can be understood in addition to the remains of an SUV from the burned-out garage. Clothes, furniture and toys were strewn on the lawn in the wake of firefighters’ combating the blaze. Burglar bars can be viewed from the windows or, sometimes, on the yard. It wasn’t immediately known if they’d hindered leaks from the flame.
Nearby, beneath a tree, a person had left a bouquet of carnations.
He said the home was constructed around 1951. He had no advice on whether it had been equipped with smoke detectors.
Jones explained the family’s church had created that a GoFundMe webpage to raise cash for funeral and medical expenses.