House fire claims lives of 7 in Clinton

Many Clintonians woke up to read this e-mail from Mike Cashion, Alderman for the City of Clinton.

We are waking up this morning to the very tragic news of a fire that claimed the lives of 7 people in our city and our ward. The names haven’t been released so I am not at liberty to share that, nor any details regarding the tragedy.

I just ask you to pray. Pray for their family. Pray for the firefighters and police officers.

Thanks,  Mike

The House Fire started 12:30 Saturday morning on Old Vicksburg Road and Hobby Farm Road, according to Clinton Fire Chief Jeff Blackledge.   Blackledge dispatched every unit in Clinton to try to control the fire as fast as possible.    The fire ultimately claimed the lives of 7 people ranging for 1 to 33 years old.

The father of the family was taken to the hospital with injuries substantiated from the fire.

In order to determine the cause of the fire,  The State Fire Marshall has now been called in.   The house was built in 1951.

As we learn more information, we will update the story.

The Clinton Public School District released a statement on the death of four of their students.

“The Clinton Public School District grieves the tragic death of four students this weekend in a fire at their home. Clinton is a close-knit community and this loss is devastating for our entire school family. As students and employees return on Monday, counseling services will be available at each campus for anyone who needs support. We will also work with community partners to share information on events and activities to support the family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of loss.”

Brittany Presley was a second-grade teacher at Reuben B. Myers Canton School of Arts and Sciences. The Canton Public School District also released a statement in the wake of her death.

“The Canton Public School District is saddened by the tragic loss of one of its teachers and her six children in a house fire in Clinton, MS. Mrs. Brittany Presley, a second-grade teacher at Reuben B. Myers Canton School of Arts and Sciences, and her son, a pre-k student at the school, will be sorely missed in our district. Principal Alphia Myers says Mrs. Presley was a team leader who was a good, nurturing, and loving teacher who gave her all for her students.

Her compassionate heart and giving spirit will forever live on in the hearts of the countless lives she touched.

Superintendent Gary Hannah, the faculty, staff, and the entire student body, offer their heartfelt sympathies to her husband, family, and those who loved her for their loss. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Monday, counselors will be at the school to help our students and staff deal with their grief. We are asking everyone to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Brittney Presley, 33; Landen Brookshire, 15; Layne Presley, 13; Lawson Presley, 12; Grayson Presley, 6; Malcolm Presley, 4; Felicity Presley, 1.

To support the needs of the Presley Family, their church has established a fund to meet their immediate and long term needs.

The Presley Family’s church will distribute 100% of all donations to the Presley Family.

Please mail donations to:

Jake Presley Fund
c/o Raymond Road Baptist Church
4622 Raymond Road
Jackson, MS 39212

Friends of the Presley Family have established a Go Fund Me.



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