Just before 9 p.m. Sunday night, December 1, Pope County 911 operators received a 911 call reporting a structure fire at 6865 State Highway 105 N. Upon receiving the report, the Pea Ridge Fire Department, Atkins Fire Department and Moreland Fire Department were dispatched to respond the call. While en route to the address, fire companies were informed by dispatch that all occupants of the residence were out of the home.
Upon the arrival of fire units, firefighters advised dispatch that the structure, was fully involved. Atkins, Pea Ridge and Moreland firefighters joined efforts in fighting the blaze by initiating a defensive attack from the exterior of the home. Firefighters battled to knock down the flames exiting the structure and also fought against strong winds that continued to blow fueling the fire. Due to the windy conditions, the fire spread from the home into an adjacent wood line. Firefighters fought both fires simultaneously and a short time later they contained the fire’s spread.
As firefighters fought to subdue the growing flames exiting the structure they also worked to protect exposures. While the fire fight was underway, State Highway 105 North was closed to traffic through the area and traffic was detoured around the fire scene. The Arkansas State Police, Highway Police and Pope County Sheriff’s Office assisted the responding fire departments with traffic control by detouring traffic off of State Highway 105 at Saint Joe Road and Cothren Lane.
After continuing to battle the blaze, for some time, command on scene advised dispatch that the fire was under control and was no longer spreading.
Firefighters continued to douse what remained of the fire’s flames and within a short period of time, fire officials on scene determined that the fire had been extinguished. Firefighters began overhaul efforts, carefully examining the debris the flames had left behind for remaining sources of heat that may re-kindle the fire. Upon completing the overhauling, just after 12 a.m. Monday morning, December 2, command of the call was terminated. At that time all fire companies were released from the scene and returned to their stations available for service. As fire companies left the fireground and returned to service, Highway 105 was reopened to traffic.
Despite the fighting the blaze for almost three hours and the fearless efforts of firefighters, the home was destroyed by the blaze and was determined to be a total loss. Two vehicles were also destroyed in the fire.
Fortunately, all occupants of the home escaped unharmed and no firefighters were injured during the fire fight. At this time, property loss amounts are unknown and the cause is under investigation.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family that lost their home, vehicles, two best friends, personal belongings and much more in the fire Sunday night, December 1. To learn more, visit the ’Jack Derrick House Fire’ GoFundMe page by clicking the following link. https://www.gofundme.com/f/jack-derrick-house-fire?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet