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Press Release – LAKE HAMILTON FIRE & RESCUE (Chief Doug Davey)
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Jason’s On Amity Restaurant Fire Investigation Update
At approximately 2:25 PM on Monday June 3, 2019, Lake Hamilton Fire Department was dispatched to a possible commercial fire at 148 Amity Road.
Morning Star Fire Department was notified shortly after our dispatch through our automatic aid agreement. At 2:29 PM LHFD had 2 units on scene; both units reported heavy smoke venting from the roof.
Units made their way to the “C” side and tried to conduct an interior attack, but they were forced out of the building due to the extreme temperature. They moved to the “D” side of the building and entered the dining room, where they were forced to the floor due to extreme temperature and zero visibility conditions.
The training and experience of our crew allowed them to perceive an imminent flashover condition (which occurs when the contents of a smoke-filled room reach their ignition temperature at the same time, filling the room with fire almost instantly) and they were able to exit the building just prior to the flashover occurring.
At this point the fire breached the roof, resulting in direct flame contact to the exposure building on the “C” side. We transitioned to a defensive mode and began using our ladder truck as an elevated master stream, protecting the exposure building and attempting to bring the fire under control. We also utilized master stream devices on 2 other engines on the “A” and “B” sides of the main structure.
With the assistance of Garland County Sheriff’s Office, Amity Road was closed to traffic for approximately 2.5 hours, and Ennis Street was blocked by fire apparatus for about 6 hours.
We requested manpower from 70 West Fire Department due to the heat and humidity on scene. Having these additional personnel on scene allowed the firefighters stay in our rehab/cooling station a little longer, ensuring adequate rehab and more effective firefighting.
LHFD Fire Marshal’s Division, with assistance from the Arkansas State Police and GCSO, investigated the fire. The results of this investigation are pending.
LifeNet, Inc. assisted with rehab/cooling, GCSO and Garland County Road Department assisted with traffic control. Garland County Department of Environmental Services, and Garland County Department of Emergency Management assisted in several ways. Arkansas Department of Health and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms both assisted as necessary.