January 25, 2023

Two Children Dead, Six Injured After Apartment Fire In Gulfport

Morgan Howard

According to WLOX, two young children died in a fire early Wednesday morning.

The Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer said that six other people are also in the hospital, some listed in critical condition.

The two children were identified as 6-year-old Vashun Viverette and 4-day-old Kakashi Aubrey.

WLOX reports that Viverette died at Memorial Hospital from smoke inhalation at 4:20 a.m., and Aubrey died at Singing River Gulfport from smoke inhalation at 5:30 a.m.

According to officials, the fire started early Wednesday morning at William Bell Apartments on 65th Avenue in Gulfport.

Four adults and two children have been hospitalized.

The father of the family is stable, but the mother is listed in critical condition. Two children who were in the home are also in the hospital; a 4-year-old is stable, but a 2-year-old is in critical condition and was moved to a hospital in New Orleans.

Two other men who tried to help during the fire were also taken to the hospital.

According to officials, the cause of the fire is unknown. Gulfport Fire Chief Billy Kelley says the apartment did have smoke detectors, but he says both witnesses and his firefighters do not remember hearing them while battling the fire.

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