Arkansas News

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

Friday, May 20, 2022

Pope County officers respond to domestic disturbance in Atkins; encounter explosion

The Pope County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported domestic disturbance Wednesday night in Atkins that ended with an explosion and the suspect in custody, the agency reported. According to the PCSO, deputies responded to the 1600 block of Avenue 3 NE to assist Atkins and Pottsville Police Department officers with a possible armed suspect. Upon arrival to the home, officers reported the sounds of shots being fired from inside. Shortly after, the male suspect exited the front of the residence and placed into custody, the press release stated. While placing the suspect into custody, an explosion occurred inside the house that knocked officers off their feet and set fire to the residence. The report said all officers involved received only minor injuries from the blast.
KATV ABC 7 Little Rock

No one hurt in fire caused by downed powerline in Craighead County

Fire crews say no one was hurt in a brush fire caused after a powerline fell on trees. Craighead County Dispatch said the Jonesboro Fire Department assisted other departments with the fire near Highway 349 and Craighead County Road 108. We’re told the fire was not near any structures and it got up about three-feet high. According to Craighead Electric Cooperative, power should be back on for residents that were in the area.
KAIT-TV ABC/NBC/CW+ 8 Jonesboro

Arkansas National Guard to conduct live-fire demolition training at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock

The Arkansas National Guard will be conducting live-fire demolition training in the north-central portion of Camp Robinson beginning today (Friday, May 20) and continuing through May 23. Due to the current conditions of the weather, noise from the live-fire training will be very likely to carry outside of the direct perimeter of Camp Robinson and could possibly be heard in the communities surrounding the camp. Areas within the vicinity of Camp Robinson will be able to not only hear the live-fire training happening, but they may also be able to feel the effects of the testing that could cause the ground to shake. The Arkansas National Guard wanted the public to be aware of what will be happening to minimize the concern regarding the noise and effects that will occur because of the training.
KTHV-TV CBS 11 Little Rock

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