Arkansas News

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Man tries to steal Trumann fire truck while crews battle fire

VIDEO: A Trumann man is behind bars after trying to get behind the wheel of a Trumann fire truck. According to Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder, Freddie William English, 34, tried to jump into a city fire truck while fire fighters were working to put out a fire at a debris pile left behind from the December 2021 tornado. Region 8 News cameras were rolling Saturday afternoon as English jumped into the truck and several fire fighters tackled English before he could get away. Before trying to take the fire truck for a joyride, a Region 8 reporter heard English ask the fire department if they had seen his bike. English is charged with breaking and entering a vehicle and terrorist threatening.
KAIT-TV ABC/NBC/CW+ 8 Jonesboro

Monday, May 23, 2022

Unconscious firefighter saved from second-floor of burning building in Pulaski County

In the darkest smoke and brightest flames, volunteer firefighters rush to danger. Tuesday, a once-in-a-lifetime mayday call made West Pulaski firefighters thankful for their training. On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon, under 50 pounds of gear and smoke so thick you couldn’t even tell who was standing next to you, 30 firefighters battled a big blaze. “The smoke was over the trees and just roaring out this way. I mean it was incredible,” Laura Armbruster recalled of the disaster which took her home. Firefighters were more than an hour into battling a grueling house fire, and in the heat of the moment on the second floor of Armbruster’s house, one firefighter was hit in the head by something in the dark and blacked out. Collegeville Volunteer Firefighters hailed a mayday.
KARK-TV NBC 4 Little Rock

Trumann fire under investigation

A Friday night fire is under investigation. According to Trumann Fire Chief Revis Kemper, the department is investigating a fire that was intentionally started on a pile of debris near Oak Street. “The fire was set over on Oak Street. They set the mattresses on fire. And due to high winds, it spread over into the main pile,” said Captain Rodney Knuckeles. “But we were able to stop it from going over into the second pile on the other side of Oak street.” The debris is leftover from tornado clean-up efforts throughout the community. The department was dispatched to the fire around 10:30 pm Friday. Kemper said this is not the first time this pile of debris has been lit on fire. With many factors to consider, including the high wind, the department decided to contain the fire instead of putting it out Friday.
KAIT-TV ABC/NBC/CW+ 8 Jonesboro

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