Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Dear Members of the City Council, Department Heads and Local Press:

At 2:37 this morning, I was contact by Fire Chief Reginald Wilson and alerted to the fact that we had a house fire in the 300 Block of Miller Street. This house was near the First Missionary Baptist Church which is on the corner of Walnut and Miller. This is also two blocks east (toward the river) of our Helena Community Center. 

The HWHFD recovered one body from the fire. She has been identified, however, I am not certain that next of kin have been notified and therefore, I will not as yet disclose her name or characteristics. At 4:00 a.m. Mrs. Linda Hayden, Police Dispatch, notified me that the Coroner and CID were on the scene and it was then believed that a second body may be in the house. A decision was made to return to the home after daybreak to resume search and recovery efforts for him.

As more information is provided to me, I will supplement this message to you.


James F. Valley

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Honorable James F. Valley
MAYOR - Helena West Helena
P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, 72342
870-572-3421 Phone
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