Fire Safety Urged after Fatal House Fire

Meridian, Miss. A deadly house fire is once again bringing to light the importance of being prepared in the event of a fire.

A tragic weekend for the family living at a home in the Campground RV Park on Old Highway 45 North. A woman and 3-year old girl died over the weekend after suffering severe burns during a fire on Friday morning. A man and a 5-year old boy were also burned as a result of the house fire. At last check, both were still being treated for those burns. This as the investigation continues.

"And we're still conducting an investigation as I speak," Meridian Fire Department Chief Anthony Clayton says. "Scene is still secured and in our possession."

It's fires like this one that Chief Clayton and other firefighters work tirelessly to try and prevent. While an exact cause has yet to be determined, he says generally speaking, always contact 911 at the first sight of fire.

"Calling 911 in an emergency is critical," Clayton points out. "Don't try to put the fire out yourself, don't try to be a hero."

Chief Clayton tells Newscenter 11 since fires are typically more common this time of year, it is important for all families to establish an escape plan should the unexpected happen.

"Give the space heaters their space," he reminds. "Don't overload your circuits. Christmas is coming up, don't overload Christmas trees with excess wiring. Be careful."

Chief Clayton says whenever something appears to be wrong or if you simply have a fire related question, contact your local fire department immediately.

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