Electrical issue in attic started house fire that killed 7 – WWLP

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 / 5:03 PM EST
Updated: February 10, 2020 / 5:03 PM EST

Officials from the Mississippi Fire Marshal’s office will meet in Clinton, Miss. On Saturday, February 8, 2020. Outside a deadly fire. Authorities said a mother and her six children were killed in the house fire in central Mississippi. (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis)

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CLINTON, miss. (AP) – A house fire that killed seven people in Mississippi over the weekend was accidental and caused by an electrical problem in the attic, the state firefighter said Monday.

“It also appears that there were no working smoke alarms in the apartment,” said a press release from Mike Chaney, who is also a firefighter and state insurance officer. “Without smoke detectors, there was no early detection and it could have prevented victims from getting off in time.”

Investigators from the firefighter’s office believe metal bars on the windows of the house “played a small role in the deaths,” the press release said.

A mother and her six children died in the fire in the Clinton suburb of Jackson early Saturday.

Officials identified the dead as: Brittany Presley, 33; Landon Brookshire, 15; Lane Presley, 13; Lawson Presley, 12; Grayson Presley, 6; Malcom Presley, 4; and Felicity Presley, 1.

The father, Jake Presley, tried unsuccessfully to rescue family members and suffered smoke inhalation, burns, cuts and bruises, said Mark Jones, a city spokesman for Clinton.

Clinton has approximately 26,500 residents.

Brittany Presley was an elementary school teacher in another suburb of Jackson, Canton.

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