Brittany Presley, a second-grade teacher in Canton, and her six children died in a house fire at their rental home in?Clinton over the weekend. A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise $100,000 to offset funeral expenses.
Brittany Presley, a second-grade teacher in Canton, and her six children died in a house fire at their rental home in?Clinton over the weekend. A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise $100,000 to offset funeral expenses.
CANTON — Teachers and students here are still mourning the loss of Brittany Presley, a second-grade teacher who died along with her six children in a house fire in Clinton last week.

Presley, 33, taught at Canton’s Reuben B. Myers School of Arts and Sciences. The district has made available counselors to students and faculty dealing with the sudden loss of their teacher and colleague as more details of the tragedy come to light.

State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said Monday the results of the investigation into the fire that destroyed the family’s home Saturday had ruled it an accident. Officials believe the cause of the fire to be an electrical problem within the walls of the one-story wood frame house. There were no smoke detectors in the home, he said.

The father of the children, Jake Presley, was the lone survivor. He suffered smoke inhalation, burns, cuts and bruises and was forced to undergo surgery at Merit Health Central in Jackson.

Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher said the home, which the family rented, was scheduled for a routine fire inspection in June, and that working fire alarms had been removed from the home since the last inspection in 2018.

The victims were Brittany Presley, 33, Landon Brookshire, 15, Lane Presley, 13, Lawson Presley, 12, Grayson Presley, 6, Malcolm Presley, 4, and Felicity Presley, 1.



A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for seven funerals and burials, Jake Presley’s hospital bills and the total loss of his property and all of his belongings. As of Wednesday, the cause had raised nearly $91,000 of its $100,000 goal.

The Canton school district issued a statement following Presley’s death, calling her a team leader who was a good, nurturing teacher who gave her all for her students.

“Her compassionate heart and giving spirit will forever live on in the hearts of the countless lives she touched,” the statement said.

Aside from helping her husband, Principal Alphia Myers said the best way to honor Presley’s memory is to live the way she would have wanted.

“The best thing we can do is be positive and know that Mrs. Presley is looking down on us and loving us,” Myers said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to make her smile.”