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Friday, July 13, 2018

Funeral plans set for Wheatley Fire Chief pilot in crop duster crash


The fire chief of an Arkansas town was killed in a crop duster crash Wednesday morning. Family friends tell our sister station that Wheatley Fire Chief Chad McLain was killed in the crash. The plane went down in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley in St. Francis County, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Friends of McLain say he was a good man. He leaves behind a teenage daughter. According to the Wheatley Marshal Service on Facebook, McClain had been with the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994. He was also a local farmer and agriculture pilot. According to an obituary from Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home in Brinkley, McLain's visitation is set for Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. a the Brinkley First United Methodist Church. That is located at 404 W. Ash Street in Brinkley. His funeral is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Brinkley First United Methodist Church. He will be interned at Johnston Cemetery in Wheatley.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Rogers: Firefighters train to handle hazardous materials


Local firefighters suited up on Thursday, but not in their usual uniforms. Crews from six area fire departments are spending two weeks at the Rogers Emergency Training Center to learn how to safely and quickly handle hazardous materials. Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins saidfirefighters encounter a number of dangerous chemicals while on the job. Chemicals may be liquid, gas or solids and can irritate the skin or eyes. They can be found in businesses or in tankers. Jenkins said firefighters need to know how to handle all types of hazardous materials but it's only part of the training.
KNWA-TV & KFTA-TV NWAHomepage

Late night fire damages two homes in Van Buren


One house was destroyed and another damaged after neighbors reported hearing an explosion late Thursday night. According to the Van Buren firefighters, neighbors heard an explosion about 10:30 p.m. and walked outside to see the house at 1907 N. 28th Street on fire. Firefighters said the house next to it at 1909 N. 28th Street caught fire. Neighbors woke the owner, and everyone made it out of the house safely, firefighters said. No one was believed to be living at the first house at the time of the fire, firefighters said. The firefighters said they did encounter a problem when trying to extinguish the flames.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

Utility pole catches fire in Rogers


Beaver Lake volunteer firefighters responded to a power pole on fire at the intersection of Dutchmans Drive and Williams Road in Rogers. The call came in just before 6:40a.m. Firefighters have taken Dutchmans Drive down to one lane around the affected area. The fire has been extinguished and there were no injuries or damage to nearby property. Firefighters on-scene are awaiting the arrival of Carroll Electric to assess the situation. They will determine if service interruptions are required. We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.
KHOG-TV ABC 29/KHBS-TV 40 Fayetteville-Fort Smith

Independence County Firefighters battle house fire, no injuries


A fire department in Independence County battled a Thursday morning house fire. The Southside Volunteer Fire Department shared several images of the blaze on their Facebook page. Chief Jeremy Loggins said the house was at the corner of Tony Lane and Brushy Road. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Loggins said one side of the house was destroyed but said the end of the home that housed the bedrooms was saved. The fire appears to have started near the carport, but the exact cause is not known yet, according to the chief.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wheatley Fire chief killed in crop duster crash


The fire chief of an Arkansas town was killed in a crop duster crash Wednesday morning. Family friends tell our sister station that Wheatley Fire Chief Chad McClain was killed in the crash. The plane went down in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley in St. Francis County, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Friends of McClain say he was a good man. He leaves behind a teenage daughter. According to the Wheatley Marshal Service on Facebook, McClain had been with the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994. He was also a local farmer and agriculture pilot. Funeral arrangements have not yet be set. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also posted her condolences for McClain's family and the Wheatley community on Facebook Wednesday evening.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Summer heat drives Marmaduke Fire Department to seek more help


The Marmaduke Fire Department has been looking for volunteer firefighters for months but needs them now more than ever. “When you see the manpower out on the side of the road somewhere, you can see the need for it,” said Justin May, a new volunteer firefighter for the city of Marmaduke. Nikki McDowell, the fire chief, said during the summer months when the heat becomes a problem, help is definitely needed. “I work them for 10 minutes at a time at a fire, so they don’t get overheated,” McDowell said. The department still struggles to get enough people to be fully staffed. “It's just too hot, you know,” May said. “We have to rely on other departments to come in and help because we need the manpower. But, I wouldn’t trade this for anything.”
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro







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