Arkansas News

Friday, June 22, 2018

Family of 4 escaped blaze that destroyed a Maumelle home, fire chief says

PHOTOS: No one was hurt Wednesday evening when a fire engulfed a Maumelle house with a family of four still inside, the Oak Grove Fire Department chief said. Chief Miles McDonnell said a neighbor knocked on the door to alert the two adults and two children, and they were able to escape the two-story house safely. Firefighters responded at 6 p.m. to the home in the 10000 block Short Marche Road and battled the blaze for about four hours, according to the fire department. Fire crews returned to the scene multiple times Thursday to extinguish smoldering remains. "It was such a large fire by the time we got there that we were just putting out hot spots for several hours," McDonnell said. The chief described the building as a complete loss. The blaze did not spread to surrounding buildings, but several structures sustained significant heat damage, according to the fire department.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette & Arkansas Online

Lawrence County: Woman and minor killed, 4 injured in Hwy 412 crash

An Ohio woman and a minor died in a Lawrence County crash Thursday night. A preliminary crash report by Arkansas State Police says Latosha Coker, 37, of Cleveland, OH, was driving east on Highway 412 in Walnut Ridge at around 9 p.m. Coker crossed the center line and hit a car head on. She and one of her underage passenger died. The report listed 3 other minors in Coker's car, 2 females, 1 male, as injured. However, it didn't release their ages or where they were from. The crash also injured Emily Sheets, 41, of Hoxie, who drove the other car.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Texarkana, Arkansas expresses more concern over firefighter pay parity with Texas-side

Contract negotiations to discuss a pay raise for Texarkana, Texas firefighters is creating financial concerns for city officials on the Arkansas-side. City leaders say they've struggled to keep pay parity with the Texas-side for the last two decades. The city is obligated by a 1996 ordinance to keep pay for police and fire on par with the Texas-side. Just recently, the city struggled to come up with a pay increase for police and fire, after the Texas-side enacted raises for all city employees in 2016. Now that the Texas-side local fire union is requesting more pay from the city, Texarkana, Arkansas City Manager Kenny Haskin is concerned they could be facing another budget crisis.
Harrison Daily Times

Sebastian County JPs approve fire truck purchase

The Sebastian County Quorum Court approved the purchase of a fire truck during its regular meeting Tuesday. A memo from Sebastian County Judge David Hudson states a fire truck had been located for $35,000 from a company owned and operated by Gary Lawrence, the mayor of Huntington, and Duane Logsdon, the fire chief of Huntington. The vehicle cost includes hoses, ladders, nozzles, and valves and is ready to place into service. “This truck will be located in the Huntington Rural Fire District and Milltown/Washburn Rural Fire District, which will facilitate a reduction in the ISO rating,” the memo states. After voting to suspend the rules to go to a second and third reading, the justices of the peace passed the ordinance approving the company, L&L Fire Apparatus, for the purchase of the fire truck.
Fort Smith Southwest Times Record

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