FULTON, Miss. (AP) - Four people died early Tuesday in a mobile home fire that investigators said was caused by a space heater as temperatures plummeted overnight in rural Itawamba County.
Sheriff Chris Dickinson said nine people were in the mobile home at the time of the blaze, using a space heater for warmth.
State fire marshal Mike Chaney said in a news release Tuesday that the fire was caused by a space heater. He says space heaters pose high risk of fire, death and injury.
Itawamba County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jason Dickinson identified the dead as Susan G. Chilcoat, 35; Shelby Cason, 17; Anna Clair Chilcoat, 2; and Kaden Angle, 3 months. The three children died at the scene, while Chilcoat died of her injuries while hospitalized at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Scotty Walls, 9; Hailey Cheyanne Young, a child; and Yinessa Brunson, an adult, were all treated and released from the hospital.
David Shane Angle, 27, is being treated at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, and Addison Chilcoat, 2, is being treated at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
Authorities say Brunson was a visitor at the home and stayed the night.
Danny Pugh, who lives across the street from the burned trailer, said he thought someone was shining headlights into his bedroom window.
“I looked out and saw the trailer was on fire,” he said. “By the time I called 911 and put my boots on and got out there, Mr. Lee - my neighbor - was already out there, and one man was coming out through the window and trying to get back in to get others out, but it was too hot and the smoke too thick.”
The fire was reported about 12:26 a.m. Tuesday.
Lee Allen Wright, chief of the Evergreen-Carolina Volunteer Fire Department, told The Associated Press that the single-wide mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when his first unit arrived. More units were called in.
He said it was bitterly cold.
“It was below freezing - 20 to 24 degrees - and with the wind blowing I don’t know what that was doing. It was cold out there,” Wright said.
Wright said the mobile home was in a rural area just across the Monroe County line in south Itawamba County.