Child loses mom, siblings after fire rips through apartment, Mississippi officials say

Tanasia Kenney
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A fire tore through an apartment in Mississippi early Friday killing a mother and two children. Another child survived the blaze but remains hospitalized.

Jackson Fire Department officials confirmed three people died in a fire at the Pine Ridge Gardens Apartments.

Crews arrived just before 8:30 a.m. and worked to contain the flames in a second-floor apartment in Building P, WAPT reported, citing fire officials. Four people were inside, including a mother and infant found dead.

Two other children were rushed to a hospital for treatment, officials said. One of the children later died at a hospital, according to WAPT.

The surviving child was airlifted to a hospital in Georgia for additional treatment, according to WJTV.

None of the victims’ names have been released.

Data shows fires are most likely to occur in a residence and account for 75% percent of fire-related deaths, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Texas, California and New York led the U.S. in fire deaths in 2018, while Mississippi was among states with the most deaths per million people.

McClatchy News reached out to the Jackson Fire Department for more information on Friday’s fire and is awaiting a response.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.