Names of Fire Victims Released

By: Will Harkins Email
By: Will Harkins Email

Meridian officials have released the names of two people who died from injuries in a Friday fire.

They are 27-year-old Ashley Nicole Rutledge and her 3-year-old daughter, Shaila Mackenzie Rutledge.

The family had just moved to Meridian from Georgia and had only been in town 2 days.

Officials say Rutledge's husband is now in stable condition at a Georgia burn center, but their 5-year-old son is still in critical condition there.

Fire marshal, Jason Collier, says smoke detectors would have made all the difference.

"I think smoke detectors would have made a difference," said Collier. "It's a very sad situation, but smoke detectors were not in use in this house and they would have made a difference in this case. Have smoke detectors and check the batteries. We say to do so when the time changes, to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, this makes it even more real and important."

The fire is believed to be accidental but the cause is still undetermined.

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