- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - An 11-year-old girl died Wednesday in a fire at a townhome complex in east Columbus.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant identified the victim as Oranjula Shanklin. He said her body was found in the downstairs living room area of a two-story Jamestown Square townhouse where she lived with her mother and two siblings.

Her mother, brother and sister managed to escape the home, said Columbus Fire & Rescue spokesman Anthony Colom.

A mother and her teenage son who lived were injured. The son was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. His mother was airlifted to a Jackson hospital, Merchant said. Their conditions were not known.

Merchant said at least two others were injured and treated at a local hospital.

Colom said four apartment buildings sustained damage. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the state fire marshal’s office.

Columbus Fire & Rescue received a call about the blaze about 2 a.m., said Colom. Responders contained the fire quickly, Colom said, but it had already destroyed four of the townhouses.


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