Arkansas News

Monday, July 22, 2024

Batesville Fire Department rolls out new truck

VIDEO: One fire department has an extra set of wheels for future calls. The Batesville Fire Department received the new truck earlier this month. This much-needed upgrade comes after the older model experienced too much wear and tear with one firefighter noting that the hose was “dry-rotted.” Captain Randy Jones explained the reasons behind the upgrade, emphasizing the importance of staying on top of maintenance. “We’re really good at keeping maintenance up but trucks just get older with time,” Jones explained. “It costs more money to put into them than it is to buy a newer truck.” Jones emphasized that the new truck, while a simpler model, is adequately equipped for fighting fires. He stressed the importance of keeping their trucks up to date. “It’s life or death; we got to have an up-to-date truck because everything we do is life or death,” Jones stated.
KAIT-TV ABC/NBC/CW+ 8 Jonesboro

Friday, July 19, 2024

Jonesboro mobile home explosion shakes up neighbors, family members

VIDEO: A Jonesboro family is wondering what led to a relative’s mobile home exploding. Just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, firefighters and police responded to the area of South Patrick Street and Hope Avenue regarding a residential fire. Panthenie Green, who is related to the home’s owner, initially thought it was just a simple fire. “When we got here, they told us it was an explosion, and we are trying to figure out how this part of the house exploded when it wasn’t livable,” said Green. Green said no one lived on the side of the house that exploded, which left him with many questions. He said the home had been there for years, so they had never seen anything like this before. “We talked to a couple of the neighbors that lived here, and they said they felt the power of the explosion that shook the house,” said Green.
KAIT-TV ABC/NBC/CW+ 8 Jonesboro

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