Family member gives update on Jasper County explosion survivors

Family member gives update on Jasper County explosion survivors
Laura Russell
Laura Russell

JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A family member of the victims of a Jasper County explosion said that the two survivors' conditions are improving.

The 33-year-old female survivor has opened her eyes, but the 12-year-old girl is still going through treatment and is unresponsive. Family members currently have no plans set for a funeral for the deceased victims.

The explosion in Jasper County killed three people and injured two others Monday afternoon.

According to the Jasper County Coroner, Robby Russell, Betty Russell, and Laura Russell were pronounced dead after the explosion.

Betty was Robby's wife, and Laura was Robby's mother.

Both the coroner and Jasper County Sheriff Randy Johnson believe the explosion was caused by a propane heater and do not believe any foul play was involved.

Family on scene, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed that one of the victims undergoing surgery was a 12-year-old girl, and the other was the girl's 33-year-old mother.

Both are related to the victims who died in the explosion, according to the family member on scene.

The family member said that the 12-year-old girl experienced 50 percent burns over her body, and the girl's mother has 30 percent burns over her body.

Both suffered 3rd to 4th degree burns, according to the family member.

The scene: 

Johnson said emergency personnel responded to a call of a trailer fire on County Road 1511 just before 4 p.m.

According to Johnson, a 10-year-old boy playing in the yard was not injured.

The bodies will be sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, according to Johnson.