Firemen fight 6 fires in 2 weeks

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Blytheville Fire Department (BFD) has been quite active of late, with six calls during the past two weeks.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, the BFD responded at 10:37 a.m. to a report of a structure fire in the 1100 block of Clark. Upon arrival, light smoke was reported coming from the wind turban on the roof of the home. Entry was made through a scuttle hole in the garage area to the attic and firemen located a small section of Romex wire that had shorted out. The electrical arc from the wire caused the wooden rafters to burn and caught some of the attic insulation on fire. Firemen extinguished the fire and removed burnt insulation from the attic. The structure sustained mild damage to attic area and firefighters departed the scene at 11:26am with no injuries reported.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, around 11:36 a.m., the BFD responded to a reported house fire in 2400 block of West Rose. Upon arrival units reported smoke coming from multiple sides of the structure. Neighbors on the scene informed firefighting personnel that there was possibly someone still inside the house. Firefighters made entry through an unsecured front door. A small fire was found in the front room and was quickly extinguished. A larger fire was also found in kitchen area. Neither primary nor secondary search and rescue teams found anyone inside the structure. The kitchen fire was extinguished, after causing heavy fire damage to the kitchen. Moderate smoke and water damage was sustained by the rest of the structure. The fire was brought under control around midnight. The last units departed the scene around 2:47 a.m. and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

On Monday, Feb. 6, around 9:22 p.m., the BFD responded to a house fire in the 2400 block of Peabody. This was the second time within two days that BFD was called to that block. Responding units found a vacant house with no active utilities completely involved in fire. Firefighters made an aggressive attack to protect the neighboring house on the east side of the burning structure. The exposed house on the East side was occupied and received moderate fire damage to its exterior wall. Firefighters left the scene at 11:25 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, around 12:45 a.m., the BFD responded to a report of a structure fire in the 2400 block of Peabody. Upon arrival firemen found a vacant structure completely on the ground involved in fire. Firefighters protected the surrounding vegetation and all exposures and continued to let the fire burn. Firefighters departed the scene at 2:16 a.m. with no reported injuries. This fire is considered suspicious and is still currently under investigation.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, around 11:04 a.m., the BFD responded to the 500 block of Madison for a reported apartment fire. Upon arrival all occupants had already exited the apartment complex and light smoke was visible from one unit of the complex. Firefighters made entry and found a grease fire from a kitchen stove that extended to the kitchen cabinets. The fire was quickly extinguished, leaving moderate fire and smoke damage to the apartment. Firemenl left scene at 11:42 a.m. and no injuries were reported.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, around 11 a.m., the BFD responded to a report of a house fire at West Rose and Center Street. Arriving units found a previously demolished house on fire.

The fire was extinguished and crews departed the scene at 12:02 a.m. with no injuries reported.