Man dies in Okolona mobile home fire

By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal

OKOLONA — An Okolona man has died in a mobile home fire that may have been prompted by cold weather and snow Wednesday night.

Okolona firefighters were dispatched to 207 School Street in Okolona at 10:02 p.m. Wednesday and found an older mobile home engulfed in flames.

“The east end of the mobile home had smoke and flames coming from the windows when firefighters arrived,” said Okolona Fire Chief Terry Tucker. “They immediately attacked the flames and when they got inside they found the victim on the floor about three-feet inside the door.”

Chickasaw County Coroner Andy Harmon said Jerry W. McCamey, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene. Harmon said there appears to have been some confusion with the victim’s name and it is not his son Jeremy McCamey as initially reported by some media outlets.

Tucker said firefighters stopped to get McCamey out of the trailer and then resumed fighting the fire.

Harmon said the body was being sent to Jackson to determine the actual cause of death and that report would be available in a couple of days.

Tucker said the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. He did say the trailer was heated by a wood-burning heater and investigators are looking at it as the possible source of the fire.

“I was pleased with our response in all that snow and cold,” said Tucker. “We didn’t really have any problem fighting the fire or with equipment but the snow and cold hurt your hands and face.”

Tucker said three units arrived to help fight the fire and a full compliment of volunteer firefighters turned out in spite of the severe weather.

This was the second fire fought in sub-freezing weather by the Okolona Fire Department this year.

The department was called to 513 West Drive, Jan. 7, to put out a fire in an unoccupied home.

Firefighters fought that blaze from 4:57 to 7:20 a.m., that morning and also reported firefighters made miserable by temperatures in the upper 20s.

No one was hurt in that fire.