Arkansas News

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Searcy Fire Department Battalion Chief Eddie Hollis retiring after 31 years of service

A retirement ceremony was held Monday for Searcy Fire Department Battalion Chief Eddie J. Hollis a week before his final day after 31 years with the department. Hollis told The Daily Citizen on Friday afternoon that he had two shifts left and will officially start retirement at 7 a.m. Monday when his last shift is over. “It’s kind of surreal,” Hollis, 62, said about his retirement. “You talk about it for a while and then it’s five years, then three years, one year and then six months. and here it is I got two shifts left.” His biggest enjoyment of his career, he said, has been serving the community and getting to know people all over the state and country and making “good long friendships and lifelong friendships. We have a family atmosphere at the firehouse.” Over his years of service, Hollis has fought several commercial fires he remembers that were big, but “one of the main ones [about seven years ago] started as a fire and ended up being a hazmat scene.”

Firefighters work together to battle pair of Eureka Springs blazes

A fire at Green Tree Lodge RV Park completely destroyed the structure and skipped over Highway 62 to start another fire across the road, but no one was injured in either blaze. According to Eureka Springs fire chief Nick Samac, firefighters responded to a structure fire at 595 W. Van Buren at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, where high winds and dry conditions caused the fire to advance quickly through the single-story, multi-use building. Samac said part of the building was used for apartments. The structure was a complete loss, Samac said, along with six vehicles that were parked in front of it. Because the structure sits so close to the highway, Samac said, winds carried heavy smoke and embers across the roadway to create a dangerous situation that forced firefighters to close Highway 62 until they could get the fire under control.
Lovely County Citizen

Mountain Home Fire Marshal: Safety Measures When Frying A Turkey

It's Thanksgiving, you've got a turkey in the oven, two pots and two pans on the stove and your crazy uncle Al is about to jump off the roof into the pool. You may be sorely tempted to go watch crazy uncle Al's antics, but don't. Thanksgiving sees the largest number of home kitchen fires all year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, according to the NFPA. The leading cause of those fires was inattention. That's why you should just wait to see the cell phone video someone took of your crazy uncle Al. You need to stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on what's cooking. The popularity of deep frying turkeys is on the rise, according to Fire Marshal Gary Pyszka with the Mountain Home Fire Department. There are safety measures Pyszka likes to see used when frying a turkey.
Baxter Bulletin

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Sisters remember woman who died in Fayetteville fire

Over the weekend, a deadly fire at a Fayetteville apartment complex killed one woman. Two men inside that apartment unit are in the hospital in critical condition. Fayetteville Fire Captain Brian Wandstrat told 40/29 news they do not know if the victim’s smoke alarms went off because they were melted from the fire. He said alarms were going off in the surrounding units. 40/29 News spoke with Hannah Shuster’s sisters tonight, both of them say they are thankful for the community support and that many people are asking them what they can do to help. “The best way to honor her memory is to reach out to a stranger in need, whether it's donating to a charity, a hospital, or donating your time. Give them that kindness because that’s what Hannah would have done,” Jordan Shuster, sister of Hannah Shuster, said.
KHOG-TV ABC 29/KHBS-TV 40 Fayetteville-Fort Smith

Active COVID Cases Decline In Arkansas, But Hospitalizations, Death Continue To Rise

Reducing the number of COVID-19 patients in Arkansas hospitals depends on how Arkansans follow health safety protocols during the Thanksgiving holiday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health daily COVID report. The report showed that hospitalizations rose by 12 to 974, and COVID patients on ventilators rose by one to 164. The number of active cases fell to 13,252, down from the 13,714 on Sunday. Total known confirmed and probable cumulative COVID cases reached 146,190, up 1,017. Total confirmed and probable deaths rose by 30 to 2,387. “We saw a decrease in new cases from last Monday, and this is a hopeful sign; but our hospitalizations are still going up. How we handle Thanksgiving this year will determine our hospitalizations around Christmas. Thanks for being a part of turning this fight around,” Gov. Hutchinson said.
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