Arkansas News

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

6 injured in refinery fire in El Dorado

Six people are injured, some are being treated for burns after a fire at an oil refinery in El Dorado. It started around 4:00 p.m. at the Delek refinery and was extinguished by 6:00 p.m. The cause of the fire has not been released. A spokesperson for Delek could not be reached for comment. The refinery produces gasoline, diesel, asphalt and liquified petroleum gas. Around 300 people work at the refinery. The refinery was initially built in 1924 and run by Lion Oil Company. Delek U.S. Holdings, of Brentwood, TN, bought the refinery in 2011.
KLRT-TV FOX 16 Little Rock

Columbia County Quorum Court approves fire department funds

Columbia County on Monday also handed out a few grants of its own in the form of two $5,000 community aid grants to help improve the McNeil Rural Fire Department and the Walkerville Volunteer Fire Department. In a grant request letter to the county, McNeil Rural Fire Department Chief Jake Price asked for funds to help purchase two sets of new firefighter turnout gear for the agency. Turnout gear includes the flame-resistant equipment worn by firefighters during an emergency call. The equipment can be expensive. The cost of two full sets of gear, according to Price, is just over $5,000. “Our department is steadily growing, and (Columbia County’s) willingness to help us has helped tremendously over the years,” said Price in his grant request. Walkerville VFD also received approval for a $5,000 community aid grant by the Quorum Court. The funds will be used to help purchase a 16-foot by 24-foot portable building to be used as a training and office building at the department.
Magnolia Reporter

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Car drives through Dollar General in Centerton sending one person to the hospital

One person has been hospitalized after a vehicle ran into a Dollar General store in Centerton this afternoon. According to the Centerton Fire Chief, Matt Thompson, the car ran into the storefront and knocked over cabinets and cash register. This happened around 2:30 Sunday (Feb. 28) afternoon at 111 Commercial Street. Three people were checked for injuries and the person who was transported to the hospital suffered minor injuries. The fire chief believes this was an accident and not related to a drunk driving incident. Centerton Mayor, Bill Edwards, posted a notice on Facebook informing the public that the store would be closed until further notice.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

New Oak Grove Heights fire station proposal has city leaders, citizens at crossroads

Discussion over a new fire station has had Oak Grove Heights citizens and council members disagreeing the last few months. In December 2020, council member Mike Robinson made a motion to move 13% of the city’s sales and use funds from the sewer revenue account to the fire department, to pay for a new fire station project. The 13% originally funded the city’s police department before it was dissolved and the money was moved to the sewer account to help with costs of operation and maintenance. The motion passed 5-1. In January, two new council members took office. When the ordinance was voted on in January, it was defeated by a 3-3 tie with Mayor Rudy Garner abstaining from the vote. Fire Chief Justin Moore said the department has been working on getting a new station for a few years.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Vehicle crashes into Siloam Springs intermediate school, 3 people hospitalized

A vehicle has crashed into Siloam Springs Intermediate School Sunday evening (Feb. 28) sending three people to the hospital. Siloam Springs Police say the car crashed into the side of the gym. The district says this is about 40 feet from a previous accident that took place in January. “Twice in five weeks is pretty crazy. This building has been here for over 20 years and this is the only two times it’s ever happened, so it’s really unusual,” Shane Patrick said. Assistant superintendent, Shane Patrick says they plan to meet with the city engineer to see if adding bollards or concrete would help make it safer. “We don’t want our school district to look like it’s in a construction zone all the time, we want it to look nice and so we are going to come up with some different ideas on what we can do to maybe keep this from happening again but it does all come down to people need to drive safe,” he said.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

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