Two children injured in fire on Alcorn Drive

Published 11:57 am Monday, April 18, 2011

A fire early today in the 200 building of the New Main Apartments complex on Alcorn Drive saw two children taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation and displaced three families, said Vicksburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Mark Hales.

The children, ages 7 and 8, were taken to the emergency room at River Region Medical Center by their aunt, said Lt. Tommy Stewart, fire investigator. They were being kept for observation but were doing “real well,” Stewart said. Their names were not available.

The cause of the blaze, the fourth apartment fire locally in less than a week, was under investigation but appeared to be accidental, Stewart said.

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“There was smoke and flame damage to the upstairs unit,” Hales said. Each of the buildings contains eight apartments, he said, and other homes in the building where the fire occurred sustained smoke and water damage.

Two engine companies and a ladder company responded to the E-911 call at 2:32 a.m., Hales said. The fire was under control at 3:09 a.m., and firemen left the scene at 4:43 a.m.

New Main Apartments consists of 10 buildings at 2727 Alcorn Drive.

Friday afternoon, a building of 12 apartments at The Landings complex on Fairways Drive, off Oak Ridge and Henry roads in Warren County, burned to the ground. Also Friday, a fire at the Van Guard complex on Lake Hill Drive damaged the upstairs of one apartment.

Wednesday, a kitchen fire at the Azalea Trace apartment complex on Fisher Ferry Road near St. Michael’s Catholic Church damaged one apartment.

No injuries were reported at the previous three fires, which remain under investigation.