89-year-old woman dies, man injured in Vicksburg house fire

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – Authorities said a fire at a Vicksburg home killed an 89-year-old woman and injured a man.

Vicksburg firefighters said they received a call about the fire just before 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 12. The fire happened at a home on Clayton Drive.

According to investigators, the woman, identified as Opal Owens, was found on the floor of a bedroom with critical injuries from heat and smoke. She died at the scene.

The man, Gus Salley, was taken to the Central Mississippi Medical Center for treatment. He has significant burns on his body. He was in serious but stable condition as of 6:51 a.m. on Wednesday.

Vicksburg firefighters said smoking in the bedroom was the cause of the fire.

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