JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A mother and two children died during an apartment fire in Jackson Friday morning. The fire happened just before 8:30 a.m. at Pine Ridge Gardens Apartments.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they began working to contain the fire in a second floor apartment of building P. They entered the apartment and conducted a primary search. They discovered four people.
Division Fire Chief Cleotha Sanders said the mother, 23-year-old Fredrica Walker, and an infant, five-month-old Sai’vynn Walker, died during the fire. Firefighters removed two other children and performed CPR until AMR personnel arrived. The children were taken to the hospital, but one child, four-year-old Eric Tucker III, later died. The third child was airlifted to Georgia for further treatment.
Firefighters extinguished the fire and fire investigators, and Jackson police are investigating the cause of the fire. Sanders said the firefighters will not forget what they saw when they responded.
“That’s why I solicit the prayers of the public and the community for not only this family but for our firefighters as well,” he said.
Sanders said any death is devastating but this one hits a little harder than most.
“We hate seeing the loss of life with anyone, but when there are children involved, who have not had the opportunity to experience life. It’s really devastating.”