Fire claims life of 84-year-old woman in Hazlehurst

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HAZLEHURST, Miss.(WJTV) – The family has identified 84-year-old Mattie Mae Crump McGee as the woman killed in a house fire in Hazlehurst Saturday afternoon.

The Hazlehurst Fire Department, Copiah County Sheriff’s Department, Hazlehurst Police and state fire marshal office, all responded out to the scene at 416 St. Charles Street around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Nearly two hours before the fire occurred, McGee was inside her home being treat by her home nurse while two of her kids visited.

According to McGee’s daughter, her mother was laying in bed when she was trapped behind the smoke and flames. Mcgee suffered from dementia and other illnesses that prevented her from escaping the fire.

Her son and nephew attempted to rescue her but were unable to make it through the blazing heat and flames.

Copiah County Coroner Ellis Staurt pronounced McGee dead at the scene.

She was a mother of 14 kids and a grandmother. Her family was looking forward to celebrating her 85th birthday next Saturday.

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