Mississippi Prison Inmate Dies Fighting House Fire, Another Injured

A state penitentiary inmate died yesterday while helping fight a house fire off Mississippi Highway 32 in Sunflower County.

County Coroner Doug Card says 40 year old Michael Davenport was serving a life sentence for murder from Hinds County.

Davenport was a member of the Mississippi State Penitentiary's inmate volunteer fire department.

Card said an autopsy has been ordered but Davenport apparently died of smoke inhalation.

He said the inmate died while inside the home.

Card said the residence was about two miles from the gate of the Parchman prison, but he did not know who owned the home.

All occupants of the home were able to escape safely.

Card said another inmate, 47-year-old Gary Lambert, broke a leg after falling off a ladder while fighting the fire.

Lambert is serving a life sentence for murder handed down in 1983 in Covington County.

He was treated at Sunflower County Hospital.