Byhalia child dies in early morning house fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Byhalia child dies in early morning house fire

A one-year-old Mississippi girl was killed early Tuesday morning in a house fire.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. in a home in the 2500 block of Old Pigeon Roost Road in Byhalia, Mississippi, near the border of DeSoto and Marshall counties.

Two adults and four children were inside the home when the fire started.  The Nichols family spent Tuesday at the hospital where one child was treated for cuts and another for smoke inhalation.

Family members sound asleep inside their home when Charles Nichols woke up to flames inside his house. Nichols said the flames blocked them from getting to little Madelynne, who was asleep in her crib at the back of the house.
"They went around the house and his wife kicked the window in and cut her legs all up trying to get the baby out," uncle Mark Hadden said.

But she could not get her out. Neither could fire fighters.

"When our first officers got on the scene and found out there was a baby inside he tried to go in. It was too intense. He couldn't make it," Sheriff Bill Rascoe said.
"My heart's breaking for them right now, I hope they're going to make it through this," Hadden said.
Fortunately the Nichols' eight-year-old, five-year-old, and three-year-old did get out of the house in time.

"I'm real thankful they all got out they're going to be alright," aunt Lisa Hadden said.

Little Madelynne would have turned 15 months Wednesday.
"She was a real sweet little girl, real good," Lisa Hadden said.

The Nichols' relatives said they would provide a place for them to stay while they try to get their lives back together.

An official cause of the fire has not been determined, but investigators believe the fire started in the home's carport, then spreading to its roof and attic.

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