MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE Greenville Fire Department Responds To Residential Fire Two Greenville Children



Greenville Fire Department Responds To Residential Fire

Two Greenville Children Die in Residential Fire

GREENVILLE, Miss. (December 29, 2016) At 12:08 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Greenville Fire Department was dispatched to 1421 East Ollie Circle for a reported residential fire. Three units and Command 1& 2 responded to the scene to discover heavy flames and smoke. Firefighters were advised small children were inside. Firefighters conducted a search as they extinguished flames. Two girls ages 1 and 3 were found perished by the fire in a rear bedroom. Four other children manage to escape the flames before firefighters arrived. No adults were present at the time of the fire. Parents arrived later and were taken to the police department for interviews. It appears no gas or electricity were on and candles had been placed throughout the house. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Mayor Errick D. Simmons

I, along with the City of Greenville, offer my deepest condolences to the family of the one and three year old toddlers who lost their lives in the house fire. I also want to thank the Greenville firefighters and other first responders for their heroism. We are grateful for the safety of the other four children that survived.

Fire Chief Ruben Brown, Sr.

While the fire appears to have been started by candles, at this time, the cause and origin remains under investigation. This tragedy could have been prevented; it is a reminder to use extra precaution when utilizing candles and heating homes with space heaters, natural gas, and ovens.

Police Chief Delando Wilson

Last night, December 28, 2016, the mother of the children 33 year old Jennifer York was taken into custody and charged with two counts of Manslaughter-Culpable Negligence. York made her Initial Appearance today in front of Judge Michael Prewitt who set her bond at $250,000. Detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for the father of the children, 24 year old DeWayne Turner for two counts of Manslaughter-Culpable Negligence. Detectives have been actively searching for Turner but have not been able to find him. Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Dewayne Turner please contact the Greenville Police Department at 662-378-1515 or to leave anonymous information for a cash reward call Washington County CrimeStoppers at 662-378-TIPS.

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