Investigators to consider if burglar bars kept mom, six children from escaping fire

Fire officials will investigate whether burglar bars on the windows of a central Mississippi home prevented a mother and her six children from escaping a fire, a city spokesman said.

The bars were intended to keep burglars out.

Investigators will also be looking for smoke alarms at the home, Clinton City spokesman Mark Jones told news outlets.

The father was the lone survivor of the blaze early Saturday morning in Clinton, a city of about 26,500 people just outside the capital city of Jackson.

Neighbors and friends said they are devastated.

“It’s just horrible,” West Browning, a childhood friend of the father, told WLBT. WLBT identified the father as Jake Presley.

Browning said he couldn’t imagine what his friend was going through.

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

The father tried unsuccessfully to save family members and suffered smoke inhalation, burns, cuts and bruises, according to Jones.

Allen Short, a neighbor, said Jake Presley’s hair was singed and he had a big cut on his arm where he broke a window trying to get into the home.

“The kids were really nice and the whole neighborhood is just destroyed about this whole thing,” Short told WLBT.

Brittany Presley was an elementary school teacher, the Canton Public School District said in a statement on Facebook.

Four of the children attended Clinton area schools, Clinton Public School District Superintendent Tim Martin said. He said the parents were very involved.

“Clinton is a very close-knit community, so when something so tragic like this happens, it affects the entire community,” Martin told the Clarion Ledger.

News

Mississippi officials looking for culprits after new outboard motor stolen from boat

News

Mississippi teen charged with rape and burglary after reported sexual assault

News

Mississippi postal worker ordered to repay $80,000 she stole from taxpayers

News

Mississippi man pleads guilty to making antisemitic calls to Pennsylvania Jewish businesses, synagogues

News

Prison safety concerns raised after report of inmate death shows Mississippi man had meth in system while behind bars

News

Three Mississippi teens killed in late night wreck, four others injured in two-vehicle crash

News

Small-town SCORE! New Chick-fil-A coming to Mississippi town with less than 5,000 people

News

15-year-old Mississippi girl arrested after she reportedly attacked sleeping mother with knife

News

U.S. military community mourns death of leader at Mississippi’s Camp Shelby Training Center

News

Two men arrested in Texas for murder at Mississippi convenience store

News

Mississippi man dies in drowning in waters along Alabama beach

News

Major League Baseball fans mourn former player who died in Mississippi interstate crash

News

Two-year-old Mississippi boy killed in accidental shooting

News

Officials: Mother of abducted child found dead in Mississippi woods likely died from numerous stabbings

News

Mississippi engineers developing a device to microdose LSD, other psychoactive drugs

News

One dead in fiery crash involving three cars, two 18-wheelers on Mississippi interstate

News

Mississippi sheriff: One killed after domestic situation turns into abduction before ending in gunshots

News

Mississippi volunteer firefighters save life of 2-year-old who nearly drowned in swimming pool

News

One dead after car collides with freight truck on rural Mississippi highway

News

Three arrested in Southern Miss football player’s murder

News

One girl dead, another sent to hospital after Amber Alert issued for missing children. Mother found brutally slain.

News

Get ready to indulge in the best flavors of the South at this Mississippi food and wine festival

News

Former Mississippi Lottery official accused of embezzling nearly $200,000 from taxpayers enters guilty plea

News

Mississippi woman arrested for cyberstalking after reports of fake calls, notes sent to victim’s house