Arkansas News

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

One killed, one injured in Crawford County house fire

Crews are investigating a deadly house fire that happened on Mote Road in Crawford County Tuesday morning (Dec. 12). Firefighters said a woman was killed in the fire and a man was pulled from the blaze and taken to an area hospital. According to Billy Garrett, Crawford County District 1 Fire Chief, the man was transported with 30 to 40 percent of his body covered in burns. He was later transported to a Little Rock hospital. Garrett said crews are working to get the woman's body out of the home. According to Garrett, the two were inside by the front door at the time of the fire. When crews arrived on scene they were able to grab the injured man by the leg and get him out of the home.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

First Woman to be promoted to Lieutenant at Pine Bluff Fire Department

Fire Chief Shauwn Howell announced on Tuesday the following promotions: Engineer Cathy Braswell promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, Firefighter Joseph Moring promoted to the rank of Engineer, and Firefighter Chris Geiggar promoted to the rank of Engineer. A promotion ceremony will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility. Lieutenant Cathy Braswell, a 20 year veteran of the fire department, was the first female firefighter hired by the Pine Bluff Fire Department in 1997. With this promotion Lieutenant Braswell has now made department history by being the first female promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
KARK-TV NBC 4 Little Rock

Rogers Fire and Police see upgrade in 911 Emergency Service Program

The Rogers City Council approved a $3.6 million dollar 911 emergency service program Tuesday. Right now, cities across Northwest Arkansas don't have an efficient way to communicate with each other if there was an emergency. Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins said Tuesday's vote of approval is a huge step in fixing that issue. "There's probably no more important public safety tool for firefighters and police officers than radios," said Jenkins. Rogers fire and police departments are now able to switch over to the statewide Arkansas Wireless Information Network, or AWIN. "If there's really any tool we use to protect our citizens, and protect ourselves everyday on every call in every part of our city, it's our voice two-way communication," said Jenkins.

No injuries in Mayflower house fire

No injures were reported in an afternoon structure fire on Paradise Circle in Mayflower on Tuesday. Mayflower police and firefighters were called out to a housefire at 32 Paradise Circle just after 1 p.m. Lt. Wesley Tyra said a woman was burning leaves and had gone back inside the house with her two children when the fire spread. “A neighbor alerted her that her house was on fire and she was able to get out with her two kids safely,” he said. “She had been burning leaves in the front yard. She thought the burn ban had been lifted.”
Conway Log Cabin Democrat

Perla blaze rips through 8-acres in Hot Spring County

Several fire crews from two counties were on the fire line along Highway 67 in Hot Spring County. Fire officials say flames have taken acres of land, two homes, as well as cars. Smoke and rising flames is what Karry King says he heard as fire crews rushed into his backyard. "Doors were being beaten in," he says. "Kinda freaked me it out so I ran outside and there was fire all around and in the shed out there," says King. Fire officials say about three structures, several cars, and a few tires caught fire. "We had 13 crews respond from four counties," says Glen Rose Assistant Fire Chief, Jason Chenault.
Fox 16

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Brush fire threatens homes in Baxter County

A wanted man burning boxes in the Tracy area of Old Military Road started a fast-moving fire Monday that threatened several homes. Joseph David Young, 36, of rural Mountain Home, reportedly left the scene of the fire after being told to stay there by a Baxter County deputy. Deputies made phone contact with Young, who returned to the scene with his teenage daughter. Young was arrested on misdemeanor warrants and released from the Baxter County jail after posting bond for charges including criminal mischief and violation of a burn ban. His teenage daughter was arrested on outstanding warrants and turned over to juvenile authorities, according to a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.
Baxter Bulletin

Crews battle fires in Hot Springs County

Firefighters tell our reporter Jonathan Rozelle that the fire is out, but it left behind several acres of charred forest. Firefighters say they were called to this community - just outside of Malvern - around 1pm today. They say embers from a nearby burn pile set the forest on fire, but the problem is they are not sure who was using the burn pile. Firefighters from 4 different volunteer fire departments had it out in about 3 hours. A man told our reporter this all took place on his family's property, but several of his neighbors' homes and animals were in the fires path. He says his family had just landed at the Clinton Airport in Little Rock when a neighbor told him firefighters were battling the fire in front of his home.

Fire crews across Arkansas on high alert for potential wildfires

Burn bans have taken over the majority of Arkansas counties and officials say this warning should be taken very seriously. “Even if you're not under a burn ban, red flag warnings indicate that wind and low humidity could create an out of control wildfire in a matter of moments,” said Adriane Barnes, with the Arkansas Forestry Commission. For example, two separate wildfires were reported in northwest Arkansas Sunday, along Arkansas Highway 21, on the north side of Boxley Valley. The forest fires combined burned close to 100 acres of private and national park lands.
KTHV-TV Little Rock

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