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House fire claims life of Wesson kindergartner

Brandon Wallace, age 5, was killed when his family’s home burned Sunday night. Wallace was the son of Joseph and Sarah Smith of the Allen community. Their home was located as 2069 Ferguson Lane.

The parents and two children were at home when the fire started. The mom heard a noise and found that the whole front of the house was engulfed. The emergency call was received at about 10:30 p.m. The two adults and one child (third grader Rebecca) escaped, but the young boy was trapped and could not be saved, according to Randle Drane, Copiah County fire coordinator.

One end of the house was fully involved when fire fighters arrived. Four volunteer fire departments responded: Allen, Barlow, Hazlehurst, and Smyrna. It was a very hot fire, reported Ricky Stevens, Copiah County deputy fire coordinator, and fire fighters used about 16,000 gallons of water to put it out. The home was a total loss, as were the family’s car and the father’s work vehicle.

The Red Cross is assisting the family. Wesson Attendance Center is taking donations for them, as is Community Funeral Home in Brookhaven.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Drane urges everyone to take extra precautions as the number of house fires always rises in winter, partly due to cold weather and also because of the additional hazards created by Christmas decorations. For more information about protecting your home, call the Copiah Emergency Mangement Agency at 601-894-1658.

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