Several city and rural fire departments were called to respond to fires reported to 911 operators on Friday, March 15.
At approximately 1 a.m. Friday morning, Russellville Fire Department’s Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 4, Ladder 1 and Battalion 1 responded to a report of a structure fire on East 16th Place.. Upon arriving at the residence, firefighters reported light smoke coming from the home. After entering the residence and making a fast attack on the flames, the fire was quickly contained to the laundry room area of the residence and the fire was extinguished. The fire was believed to be caused by the dryer.
After conducting overhaul efforts to ensure there was no fire extension, the call was terminated and all fire companies returned to their stations available for service.
Just after 8 a.m. Friday morning, Pope County dispatchers received another 911 call from the residence on East 16th Place and RFD fire companies were dispatched to respond to the “rekindle.” Although the cause of the fire and the damage the home sustained was not released by RFD, the damage caused by the fires was believed to be isolated to one area of the home.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 15, Yell County dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a structure fire located near the 10000 block of South Loop Road in Havana. After receiving the report, 911 operators dispatched the Havana, Danville and Belleville Fire Departments. As fire companies checked en route to their stations and responded to the call, dispatch advised firefighters that the caller stated the home was fully involved.
Upon the arrival of the Havana Fire Department, dispatch was offered a size up of the scene. Firefighters advised that the structure was fully involved and quickly exited their engine and began to fight the blaze consuming the home. As additional units arrived, they joined in the fight, battling the flames exiting the residence. Firefighters initiated a defensive attack on the growing flames in efforts to gain control of the blaze.
During the fire fight, firefighters set up a portable pond and conducted water shuttle efforts through the use of tankers in order to maintain the needed water supply to extinguish the blaze.
After firefighters continued their fight for almost two hours, the fire was determined to be under control and a short time later, it was extinguished.
At that time, firefighters began overhaul efforts and doused hot spots in various areas of the home to ensure that the fire was out.
Command was terminated just before 11 a.m. Friday morning and at that time, all fire companies returned to their stations available for service.
The home was a total loss in the incident and a vehicle parked under the carport of the residence was also destroyed. No civilians or firefighters were injured in the fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
At 12:14 p.m. Friday afternoon, the Hector and Moreland Fire Departments were dispatched to Newton Springs Road after Pope County dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a grassfire threatening a structure. Fire units quickly arrived on scene and were able to gain control of the fire. Within 10 minutes of the arrival of firefighters, the grassfire was determined to be under control and a short time later, had been extinguished. At that time, all Hector and Moreland firefighters returned to their stations available for service.
At 4:07 p.m., the Dover Rural, Dover City, Hatley, Martin Township and Linker Mountain Fire Departments were dispatched to a grassfire threatening a structure on Terra Villa Road in Dover. The 911 caller reported to Pope County dispatchers that the fire was located approximately 12 feet from a house and was also burning around a shop located on the property. Firefighters checked en route to the call and upon arrival quickly gained control of the grassfire and extinguished it, protecting the property it was threatening.
The attached photos and the following video were taken at the structure fire on South Loop Road in Havana as the Havana, Danville and Bellville Fire Departments fought the blaze.