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    Mississippi Inmate Firefighter Dies In House Fire

    Mississippi Inmate Firefighter Dies In House Fire

    The Bolivar Commercial

    PARCHMAN - Michael Davenport was brought to Sunflower County for taking a life. This morning he died while trying to save some.

    Davenport, a 40-year-old inmate serving a life sentence in the Mississippi State Penitentiary for homicide, died last night while battling a house fire off of Highway 32 in Sunflower County. He was a member of the prison's inmate volunteer fire department.

    Mississippi Department of Corrections officials confirmed this morning that a call was received reporting the fire at 11:52 p.m. Wednesday and Davenport was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m. Although few details were available by press time, Davenport is believed to have died of smoke inhalation.

    Sunflower County Coroner Doug Card said Davenport died while inside the home.

    "The house was a split level house and he was up on the top level," Card said. "Apparently while he was up there in all of the smoke he got disoriented and couldn't get out."

    Card said the residence was approximately two miles from the gate of the prison, but he did not know who owned the home. Card said all occupants of the home were able to escape safely.

    Three inmates are reported to have responded to the fire.

    Inmate Gary Lambert suffered a broken leg after falling off of a ladder while fighting the fire. Lambert, 47, is serving a life sentence for homicide. He was convicted in Covington County and has been serving time since 1983. He is being treated at the Sunflower County Hospital.

    Sunflower County Sheriff James Haywood was in court this morning and unavailable for comment.

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    Davenport, Michael C

    Age: 40
    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Rank: Inmate Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 03/08/2006
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 23:52
    Activity Type: Unknown
    Death Date: 03/09/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Mississippi State Penitentiary Fire Department
    PO Box 1057
    Parchman , Mississippi 38738
    Chief: Commissioner Chris Epps

    Initial Summary:
    Inmate firefighter Davenport was operating at a working residential fire when he became disoriented in an upstairs portion of the split-level house and was overcome by conditions. Preliminary reports are that Davenport died from smoke inhalation. According to Commissioner Epps, "volunteer inmate firefighters step forward to help local communities in times of need. Offender Davenport gave his life. I am saddened by this tragic loss, but also reassured that he took much pride in his job as a firefighter. I honor his commitment."

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