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Press Release – 70 WEST FIRE DEPARTMENT (Chief Autumn Carlisle)
70 WEST FIRE DEPT Press Release for 654 Springwood Structure Fire:
At 2:53 PM 70 West Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire called in by a boat in the vicinity of Cougar Terrace off Springwood.
First arriving Engine reported the fire was at 654 Springwood Road, the attic over the center of the structure was fully engulfed with flames through the roof.
23 Firefighters from 70 West Fire Department responded with 3 Engines and a Brush Truck. Mutual Aid was requested and 4 Firefighters responded from Piney Fire Department, 2 from Mountain Pine Fire Department, and 3 Firefighters from Lake Hamilton Fire Department along with a Pumper/Tanker and a Fire Boat.
Firefighters worked for several hours to extinguish the structure which was approximately 8,690 Square Feet. The structure was unoccupied at the time of fire and was a complete loss. It was a large open floor plan with a very heave fire load. The home was constructed of a lot of wood, heavy timbers, and some masonry. It had 7 heat/air units and commercial gas supply line to it. It was under construction and had been for several years. There were several trees that grew through the roof around the structure. The heavy fire load made the fire difficult for firefighters to fight. The exact cause of the fire is undetermined. The suspected area of origin was in the attic. There were reports from the public that there were two homes that burned. There was only one very large residence that burned, a neighboring home sustained very minor heat damage to some siding, and some landscaping.
Garland County Sheriff’s Office was quick to respond initially and assist with traffic.
LifeNet EMS responded and provided assistance with checking the firefighters for heat related illness/injury throughout the incident. They also along with many community members brought drinking water out for the crews working the fire.
Centerpoint Energy gas company and Entergy power company both responded to assist with shutting down utilities to the structure as well as Hot Springs Municipal Utilities Water Department.
A big thank you to the patient community members who were inconvenienced with not being able to get into their homes or out of the neighborhood for a time this afternoon while the road was closed down. Also thank you to those who opened their homes for firefighters momentarily this afternoon. This is the third large fire this week for our department and our community support has been tremendous.
We have been blessed with cooler temperatures but when working these large fires the scenes are hot and our firefighters are already tired and somewhat dehydrated from all of the activity. We have been encouraging them to drink lots of water and continue to hyrate long after leaving the fireground.
Firefighters left the scene at 9:21 PM to return to the station to get all of the trucks back in service and ready for the next response.
During the structure fire 70 West firefighters also responded to a medical emergency at another location in district as well as a fire alarm in district.