CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — A mother and her six children died when a fire destroyed their home early Saturday, authorities said.
The father was the lone survivor of the 12:30 a.m. blaze in Clinton, a city of about 26,500 people just outside the capital city of Jackson.
He tried unsuccessfully to save family members and suffered smoke inhalation, burns, cuts and bruises, city spokesman Mark Jones told The Associated Press.
He was taken to a local hospital but “wanted to stay at the scene,” Jones said.
Jones later released a list of those killed: Brittney Presley, 33, and her children Landon Brookshire, 15; Lane Presley, 13; Lawson Presley, 12; Grayson Presley, six; Malcom Presley, four; and Felicity Presley, one.
The scene at the house later in the day was one of devastation. The charred remains of the single-story wood frame house partially covered with melted siding could be seen along with the remains of an SUV in the burned-out garage.