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The Hot Springs Fire Department responded in force to a fully involved house fire in the 300 Block of Crescent Street yesterday afternoon.
Witnesses at the scene explained to me that a threat had allegedly been made by a known suspect. The threat specifically conveyed intent to burn this house down. An off-duty HSPD Officer was in the area and was reportedly familiar with the threat situation. He advised HSPD Dispatch that the person that made the threat was walking away from the direction of the house. HSFD was dispatched and arrived to find flames already shooting from the fully involved house fire.
HSPD was hot on the trail of the alleged suspect, but I am not aware of the outcome of that.
Several HSFD Fire Units responded quickly including the large ladder truck, the Park Avenue Engine Crew, the Fire Marshal and Fire Chief Davis. The fire troops worked fast. They were able to stop the spread of the fire, saving 2 adjacent houses. 1 of those houses was occupied by a wheelchair bound person. HSFD made removing that person from the reach of the smoke a top priority very early on.
Hot Springs Police Patrol Officers brought and set up traffic barricades and at least 1 HSPD Detective responded to investigate.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation when I departed the scene.
LifeNet dispatched an ambulance crew and the EMS Supervisor to the scene for standby. While they were there, 2 HSFD Fire Troops were treated with rest, shade and water for heat related illness at the scene. At least 1 of those firefighters was transported by a 2nd LifeNet Ambulance to the hospital.
Entergy arrived quickly and disconnected power from the house.
No other injuries were reported that I am aware of.
Traffic flow was interrupted for at least 3 hours.