Firefighters battle blaze at Melrose Place apartments - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Woman dies following apartment fire, Jackson officer saves 7 children's lives

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A woman found unconscious during a morning apartment fire has died. The fire started at the Melrose Place Apartment Complex around 4:30 Friday morning.

The woman was found in a bedroom by firefighters. She was taken to UMC, but did not survive.

However, another story from the fire has a happier ending, and a JPD patrol officer is being credited for saving the lives of 7 children.

Patrol Officer James Edwards is being called a hero. Edwards was patrolling his beat when he noticed the apartments were on fire.

Seconds later one of the tenants ran out on his second floor balcony, Edwards immediately saw him.

The man began screaming telling Edwards there were children inside his burning home.

Edwards says from there adrenaline and training took over; "He [the tenant] would lower the kids down by their arms and I would just kind of catch them as he would throw them down to me, [and] get them to a safe location.... Come back, he would drop the other one down to me and I got that one to a safe location."

Chief Lindsay Horton says during this intense blaze time was of the essence and Edwards did not have time to call for backup or help. 

Copyright 2014 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • breaking

    Deputies investigating drive-by-shooting in St. Martin

    Deputies investigating drive-by-shooting in St. Martin

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:19 PM EST2017-11-21 21:19:17 GMT

    Officials in Jackson County are investigating a drive-by-shooting. 

    More >>

    Officials in Jackson County are investigating a drive-by-shooting. 

    More >>
  • Man accused of killing 72-year-old in MO arrested in Gulfport

    Man accused of killing 72-year-old in MO arrested in Gulfport

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:02 PM EST2017-11-21 21:02:38 GMT
    Nathan Hendricks (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)Nathan Hendricks (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)

    A suspect wanted for the murder of a 72-year-old man in Independence, MO was arrested Monday in Gulfport, according to Independence Police Department spokesman John Syme.

    More >>

    A suspect wanted for the murder of a 72-year-old man in Independence, MO was arrested Monday in Gulfport, according to Independence Police Department spokesman John Syme.

    More >>
  • Sheriff: Armed suspect shot by Harrison Co. deputy

    Sheriff: Armed suspect shot by Harrison Co. deputy

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 2:01 PM EST2017-11-21 19:01:25 GMT
    (Photo source: File)(Photo source: File)

    A news release from Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says a deputy shot and killed an armed suspect on Lake Vista Drive. According to the sheriff, deputies went to the neighborhood off Canal Road at 5:58 Monday night. They reportedly went there for a follow-up call involving a stolen car case from earlier that day.  "A deputy discharged his weapon and the suspect was transported from the scene to a local area hospital" where he later died, the sheriff said.

    More >>

    A news release from Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says a deputy shot and killed an armed suspect on Lake Vista Drive. According to the sheriff, deputies went to the neighborhood off Canal Road at 5:58 Monday night. They reportedly went there for a follow-up call involving a stolen car case from earlier that day.  "A deputy discharged his weapon and the suspect was transported from the scene to a local area hospital" where he later died, the sheriff said.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly