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Press Release: Lightning Strike Fire Totals Cabinet Shop – GARLAND COUNTY

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Press Release – 70 WEST FIRE DEPARTMENT (Chief Autumn Carlisle)


70 West Firefighters were dispatched to a commercial structure fire at a building that contained a local cabinet shop and a beauty shop with boutique around 7:01PM on Wednesday evening.

There were multiple reports that witnesses saw the building hit by lightning, immediately followed by smoke. First arriving units were on scene within 5 minutes to report that heavy black smoke was showing from all sides of the building with multiple exposures; quickly followed by flames through the roof.

70 West responded with 23 Firefighters, 3 Engines, and 1 Aerial/Ladder Truck. Mutual Aid was requested and received from Piney Fire Department (1 Engine & 8 Personnel), Lake Hamilton Fire Department (1 Engine & 10 Personnel), Bonnerdale Fire Department(1 Engine & 7 Personnel), and Mountain Pine Fire Department (1 Personnel). Crews battled the fire for several hours.

LifeNet EMS provided safety standby for the fire. Several firefighters were treated at the scene for heat related illness/injuries, 1 firefighter was transported to CHI St. Vincent for minor heat exhaustion and was released the same evening.

Several lanes of Highway 70 West/Airport Road were closed for safety of crews and positioning of equipment during the incident. Entergy and Centerpoint Gas Company arrived quickly and permanently disconnected utilities to the structure.

Arkansas State Police provided traffic and crowd control assistance throughout the evening and into the early morning hours. Garland County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with traffic and crowd control. It was one of their units who initially reported the fire to us.

A big thank you to all firefighters who worked tirelessly into the early morning hours extinguishing the fire, the other agencies who assisted last night, Bill Ginsburg who provided some heavy equipment assistance, as well as the community members who showed up in full force with ice chests full of Water and Gatorade to assist with keeping everyone hydrated.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families that have been affected by this loss who own and are employed by these businesses that have been in our community for a long time. We sincerely hope they will be able to rebuild soon.