By The Associated Press
JACKSON — Authorities in Mississippi say a mother and her four young children died Saturday as a result of an early-morning fire at their Jackson apartment.
Chief Fire Investigator Greg Travis said the fire broke out on the second story of an apartment building shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.
Investigators believe the fire may have started in the kitchen, but the cause is still under investigation.
Travis said the mother and two of the children were found dead in a bedroom. Two other children died after they were taken to a hospital, he said.
“It was an upstairs apartment, and firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the apartment when they arrived,” he said. “The entire roof of the apartment was engulfed in flames.”
Travis was not able to immediately provide the names of the victims.
The Clarion-Ledger reported on its website that family members had identified the mother as 28-year-old Dominique Henderson. The newspaper identified her four children as her daughter Akyerria, 7, and sons Bryceton, 4, Cylor, 3, and Ethan, 2.
The apartment complex, occupied by eight families, was damaged heavily by the fire, Travis said.