Blaze injures Vicksburg teenager

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Vicksburg teen was injured Wednesday evening while trying to extinguish a fire that torched his Jackson Street home, his mother said.

Kendrick McGee, 17, 810 Jackson St., was treated at River Region Medical Center and transferred, River Region spokesman Diane Gawronski said. Gawronski would not say where McGee was transferred.

Kendrick’s mother, Lula Mae Newell, 41, said Kendrick and her son-in-law, Johnny Henderson, 22, of Tallulah, were at the house near Jackson and Monroe streets when the blaze started. Newell had left minutes before to pick up supper from a restaurant on Clay Street, she said. 

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Newell said Kendrick was hurt while trying to put out the fire. “He shouldn’t have tried to fight it,” she said.  “He should have just gotten out.”

Henderson apparently was not taken to the hospital.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, battalion chief Marion Cole of the Vicksburg Fire Department said. The extent of the damage was also uncertain, Cole said. “The front is pretty devastated,” he said.

Newell said she has been renting the home at 810 Jackson St. for about nine months.

Warren County Chancery Court records show the property is owned by Mannie Brown of Jackson.