House Fire Claims a Life

By: Aisha Greer
By: Aisha Greer

Meridian fire department officials are still investigating the cause of a fatal house fire Wednesday morning on 65th Avenue. Units were called to the house about 10:15 a.m. Christopher Waller, age 4, died of his injuries hours later.

"When we first arrived, we had the little boy, the little girl and the mother and we also had to fight the fire. The fire and the death of the young man have been hard," said Fire Chief Bunky Partridge.

The mother of the children, Pam Grisson, Christopher and his two year old sister, Destiny, were all in the home at the time of the fire.

"It looks right now like it is an accidental case but we are waiting to speak to the mother and the father at a later time," said Partridge.

"It has been very devastating. We are just taking it one day at a time," said the children's uncle, Doyle Waller.

"Christopher was a sweet child and he had a big smile," said another uncle, Carl Waller. "We ask for help and the family's needs. This house is destroyed. Please help."

Chief Partridge said firefighters are used to fighting fires and seeing tragedy but it's harder it involves a child.

"It's always tough but, when you deal with a child being burned it makes it hard on the guys to deal with," the fire chief said.

A special trust fund has been set up for the family to help with medical expenses. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so at any Trustmark Bank location. Other donations, such as clothing, may be dropped off at Apria Healthcare located at 1312 22nd Avenue in Meridian.


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