Arkansas News

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Miller County firefighter killed in rollover accident

A Miller County firefighter died Tuesday night when the fire truck he was driving overturned. The accident happened on Arkansas Highway 296 and Dooley Ferry Road northeast of Texarkana. State police identified the driver as Lucas Brian Stephenson, 25. Troopers said in their report Stephenson was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a Facebook post by the Mandeville Fire Department, Stephenson was the department's assistant chief.
KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Springdale sees three in-house candidates for fire chief

The next Springdale fire chief will climb the career ladder from inside the department. Bob Downum, president of the city's Civil Service Commission, said Thursday commission members decided to look locally for the next chief. "We just feel like we've got plenty of talent within the Fire Department to find the next chief," he said. The city's Human Resources Department had received three applications by the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, reported Debbie Hutton, humans resources specialist. Downum said the commission wants to start interviews Nov. 1. Fire Chief Mike Irwin announced his retirement last month, with his last day being Nov. 30. He joined the department in 2012. Mike Price, president of the Springdale Fire Fighters Local 3007 of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters Association, said the firefighters are happy with that decision.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette - Metered Site

Update: Texarkana man accused of setting fire to historic home

A Texarkana man is accused of setting fire to a historic home in Texarkana, Arkansas. The fire at the home on Pecan Street was reported around 10 a.m. Sunday. Investigators say witnesses reported seeing 27-year-old Cameron Coolidge coming and going from the home. “The police officers actually picked the guy up a couple of blocks down the road, and they began speaking to him and asking him about the fire. He did say something about setting the house on fire he smelled like smoke officers said and so at that point, they made the arrest,” Fire Marshall Jim Wall said. Coolidge is being held in the Miller County Detention Center, charged with arson and obstructing governmental operations.
KTAL-TV NBC 6 Shreveport

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