2 children die in Mississippi fire, 6 other people injured

Published 4:53 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Two children died and six other people were hospitalized after an apartment fire on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Gulfport Fire Chief Billy Kelley said the fire started before dawn Wednesday in the apartment’s kitchen.

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer said 6-year-old Vashun Viverette and 4-day-old Kakashi Aubrey both died of smoke inhalation.

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News outlets reported that the parents and two other children in the apartment were hospitalized, as were two other men who tried to help the family.