Ellisville man dies in overnight house fire
JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the Ellisville Police and Fire Departments in investigating a house fire, which claimed the life of an Ellisville man.
According to the JCSD, The victim is identified as Derrick Evans, age 40, who was in a wheelchair.
Derrick was unable to escape his burning home and was declared deceased on the scene by the Jones County Coroner’s Office.
JCSD Sergeant J.D. Carter, who serves as the Jones County Fire Investigator, said the fire was reported at 3:01 a.m.
The single-story, wood-frame home was involved in a fire upon the arrival of Ellisville Fire Department units.
The early morning fire investigation indicates that a space heater was the cause of the fire.
“After an investigation with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Marshall Office, it was concluded that it was caused by a space heater. It was plugged into some inadequate wiring,” Ellisville Fire Chief Kyle Brooks said.
“If you are going to use electric heaters or space heaters in your home, we recommend you make sure that they are in an area where they are not near anything combustible, you keep a very close watch on them and make sure to use approved extension cords that can handle the amps those heaters draw,” Brooks added.
Family notifications were made. A pet bulldog also died in the fire.
“My heart is overflowing with the pain and hurt I’m feeling right now, but God is in control, and I know he doesn’t make mistakes,” Eva Evans, mother of Derrik Evans, said. “Fly high son. Momma loves you.”
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