One injured in Natchez house fire

Published 1:10 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ERIC SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Lieutenant James Credit, of the Natchez Fire Department, attempts to extinguish a house fire at 108 St. Catherine Street Tuesday afternoon.

NATCHEZ — One Natchez man has two civilian heroes to thank for saving his life after his house caught on fire Tuesday afternoon.

Natchez Fire Department responded to the house fire on St. Catherine and Winston Hill streets Tuesday afternoon.

ERIC SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Caesar Adams waits to be transported to the hospital.

Caesar Adams, 108 St. Catherine St., was airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson and treated for smoke inhalation and burns after being removed from his burning home by two strangers.

Adams’ brother Clarence Adams said Adams had light blisters and burns on his face, arms, shoulders and top of his head, and he was still being treated in Jackson as of Tuesday evening.

“He’s just a blessed man,” Clarence said.

Adams’ wife, Carrie Washington, who was also in the house, was not injured.

Anthony Chasley, who was working at One Way car wash nearby, noticed the smoke rising from the house and ran over to see what was happening.

Chasley said when he walked up he could see Caesar inside the house trying to find his way out.

ERIC SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Carrie Washington, who was also rescued, is comforted by her friend Mary White after the house caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

“You could see him in there, but there was so much smoke inside he couldn’t see how to get out,” Chasley said.

Chasley said when he got to the front of the house, another passerby, Will Johnson, was pulling Adams from his house.

Chasley helped Johnson as they both walked Adams down the front steps on to the sidewalk.

Oliver Chatman was driving on St. Catherine Street and had seen the smoke rising from several blocks before the fire.

Chatman got out of his car and ran over to Johnson and Chasley who were attending to Adams.

“I told them we had to get him away from the house because it was burning, so we took him across the street,” Chatman said. “The ambulance came and helped him after that.”

Paramedics treated Adams on the lawn of his neighbor’s house before putting him on a stretcher and loading him into the ambulance.

Natchez Fire Department Chief Oliver Stewart said the state fire marshal was conducting an investigation into the fire, which might be completed today.

Stewart said the exact cause of the fire was unknown, but it did appear to be an electric fire.