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Press Release – 70 WEST FIRE DEPARTMENT (Chief Autumn Carlisle)
Rocky Mountain Grill Structure Fire
70 West Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the Rocky Mountain Grill in Pearcy, Arkansas at approximately 12:57 Hours on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
Initial reports from dispatch advised that the fire was visible through the roof and heavy smoke. The restaurant was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
First arriving unit within minutes of the dispatch reported the same conditions. 70 West FD had a total of 21 firefighters that responded with 4 fire apparatus. Mutual aid was requested and provided by Bonnerdale Fire Department with 4 personnel and 2 apparatus, Lake Hamilton Fire Department 6 personnel and 1 apparatus , Mountain Pine Fire Department 4 personnel, and Piney Fire Department responded with 2 personnel.
Firefighters had to tanker water to the fire from the closest fire hydrant almost a half mile away.
The restaurant, constructed in 1985, was of older construction and over the early years had been modified several times making it difficult for firefighters to fight the fire. The building had 2 layers of roof and 2 layers of ceiling with heavy wood siding and metal wall coverings. It took firefighters several hours to bring the fire under control.
Garland County Sheriffs Office assisted with traffic control, and LifeNet EMS provided an ambulance to standby and assist with monitoring the firefighters health due to extremely hot conditions in the immediate fire ground area. Arkansas Health Department also sent representatives to the scene.
The exact cause of the fire is not determined at this time but appeared to originate in the attic area of the restaurant.
A huge “thank you” to all the agencies who worked together flawlessly ‘today’ as well as the numerous community members who assisted and also who brought drinking water for the responders working to bring the fire under control. We are blessed with a great community.