A mom and her six children have died in a devastating fire that ravaged their home in Mississippi.
The children’s badly injured father managed to escape from the blaze in Clinton, which broke out early Saturday morning, after he tried in vain to rescue his children and their mom, The Clarion Ledger reported.
The Hinds County Coroner identified the victims as Brittany Presley, 33, and her children Landon, 15; Lane, 13; Lawson, 12; Grayson, six; Malcom, four; and Felicity, one.
The father of the family, who has not yet been named, was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, burns, cuts and bruises.
‘He was worried and concerned. He did not want to leave the scene. He was very concerned about his family,’ said City of Clinton spokesman Mark Jones.
WJTV have reported that Mrs Presley was a second-grade teacher at the Reuben B. Myers Canton School of Arts and Sciences in the local area. Her son, Malcom, was a Pre-K student at the school.
The cause of fire is not yet known, but foul play is not suspected.
Scroll down for video
Mississippi mom Brittany Presley, 33, and her six children perished in a house fire in Clinton early Saturday morning. Her husband managed to escape the blaze after trying in vain to rescue his wife and kids. He is currently recovering in hospital
Pictures show the charred wreckage after flames tore through the home in the middle of the night. The father was the the only survivor of the fire that claimed the lives of his six children and their mom
Facebook photos show the Presley clan appeared incredibly close to one another, often taking picnics and bike trips together.
Photographs taken just last year show Brittany Presley in the hospital after giving birth to her daughter, Felicity.
Meanwhile, heartbreaking images captured in the aftermath of the blaze and show children’s clothing among ashes and charred remains.
As news spread through the small community of Clinton on Saturday mornin, tributes poured in for the tight-knit family.
Family member Erica Mitchell Nero wrote on Facebook: ‘My family will never be the same without them all this is soo much to take in right now. I lost my only sister and all my nephews and only niece’.
A neighbor paid tribute to the family as he told WLBT3 they were ‘really good folks’ whose deaths have left the whole neighborhood distraught.
Mom-of-six Brittany Presley, 33, is pictured with her husband in a recent Facebook photo. He is the sole survivor of the blaze which killed all seven others inside the home
Happy family: Facebook photos show the Presley clan appeared incredibly close to one another, often taking picnics and bike trips together
Baby Felicity is pictured in a recent Facebook snap with her father. The one-year-old and her five older brothers perished in the house fire on Saturday night
Heartbreaking images captured in the aftermath of the blaze and show children’s clothing among ashes and charred remains
‘I’ve known these kids ever since they moved into this neighborhood and they were really good folks,’ he said.
‘The kids were really nice and the whole neighborhood is distraught. It’s devastating. It’s heartbreaking,’
The Clinton Public Schools District released a statement saying services would be available for all students and teachers affected by the deaths.
‘Clinton is a close-knit community and this loss is devastating for our entire school family. As students and employees return on Monday, counseling services will be available at each campus for anyone who needs support.
‘We will also work with community partners to share information on events and activities to support the family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of loss’.
Photographs taken just last year show Brittany Presley in the hospital after giving birth to her daughter, Felicity
Elementary school teacher Brittany and her husband had been together for nearly two decades and were raising six children together
The State Fire Marshall has been called in to lead the investigation into the blaze
The whole neighborhood was said to be distraught after the tragedy in Clinton, Mississippi
The fire broke out at about 12.30am on Saturday morning on Old Vicksburg Road and Hobby Farm Road, Jeff Blackledge, the Clinton fire chief said.
The State Fire Marshall has been called in to lead the investigation. The cause of the fire is not thought to be known but foul play is not suspected, WLBT3 reported. The home’s age, which was built in 1951, may have been a factor.
Firefighters with four fire engines and a ladder truck battled for about 45 minutes to control the blaze.
Pictures show the charred wreckage after flames tore through the building
Clinton residents have paid tribute to the victims – who have been described as ‘really good folks’
The burned out wreckage on an SUV could also be seen at the scene