Arkansas News

Friday, March 22, 2019

Gassville man dies at fire scene

The body of 79-year-old Gassville resident John P. Heenan was found at the scene of a brush fire Monday night by a member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Department, according to a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery. The fire occurred at the end of Peace Valley Lane behind a locked gate. The firefighter found Heenan's body approximately 120 feet away from Heenan's 2004 Chevrolet truck. Evidence at the scene indicated Heenan may have succumbed to the fire, according to the news release, which said Heenan's truck received fire damage. An investigator with the sheriff's office responded to the scene, along with an official from the Baxter County Coroner's Office.
Baxter Bulletin

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Fire leaves 1 dead in Pulaski County

VIDEO: John Hughes recalls seeing plumes of smoke and hearing the cries of a man trapped inside his house. "Sometime around 2:30 p.m., there was a man's scream that was just a scream -- horrifying," Hughes said. Hughes lives off the 8000 block of Peters Road in Cabot where multiple fire crews responded to a fatal house fire Wednesday afternoon. Hughes lives just behind the mobile home that became engulfed in flames. By the time he called 911, it was too late. "It moved too fast for anything to be done. It went straight from smoke to outright inferno within a few seconds," Hughes said. Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Cody Burk said a deputy was sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation after attempting to break through the structure and rescue the stranded man.
KATV-TV ABC 7 Little Rock

Bella Vista City Council discusses land for new fire station

The city council examined a proposal to purchase three acres on Glasgow Road, priced at $57,000, for a future replacement for Fire Station No. 3. Mayor Peter Christie said the corner lot is a good location for a new station to replace the aging one that was built on Glasgow Road near Branchwood in 1986. While the city is not ready to build this station, he said it's important to be ready for it in future budget cycles. The land, which is currently owned by Cooper, comes in at $19,000 per acre, which is under the going rate of about $20,000 to $21,000 per acre, he said. "This is looking into the future now," he said. Fire Chief Steve Sims has previously said that the existing station facility can only fit two people, which is just enough to crew a single vehicle.
Bella Vista Weekly Vista

Pet hedgehog trapped in car rescued by Little Rock firefighters

VIDEO: There are many ways to become a hero. Firefighters save lives every day, but they do not usually make rescues like the one they attempted on Wednesday, March 20 when they extracted a hedgehog that had been stuck inside a man’s car for more than 36 hours. “They gave me a responsibility for an animal and I screwed it up,” Ruben Guajardo said with a laugh. Guajardo said he started pet-sitting the hedgehog on Sunday when its owner and her family went on vacation for spring break. Guajardo said the girl who owns it told him it needed time to run around and exercise. Everything went well on the first day, but a quick moment apart Monday evening brought trouble. “I put him in the vehicle, on the passenger side on the floor with his little food, just to play,” Guajardo recalled. “I go inside real quick just to check on my pork chops, came back, he vanished. I thought he pulled a Sonic the Hedgehog on me, for real. He just disappeared."
KTHV-TV Little Rock

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