Hot Springs First Responders answered the call for help on Illinois Street yesterday afternoon when a huge tree fell onto a porch full of people.
Hot Springs Police and Fire Personnel responded quickly and in force to deal with 8 injured people (including children) that were struck by a very large tree when it crashed down onto the patio they were occupying.
LifeNet dispatched several ambulance crews and the EMS Supervisor to gather up and tend to the many patients that needed help.
Hot Springs Fire Chief Ed Davis and Hot Springs Police Sergeant Means met with the property owner and looked things over. HSFD Fire Boss Carl Hawthorn roped off the area with yellow fire scene tape to keep people out of the scene.
The unofficial word on this event that I got before leaving the scene is that this was simply an accident and not caused by any person.
The residence and at least 1 vehicle were damaged when the tree fell.
Unconfirmed comments on our Facebook Page indicate that the American Red Cross was contacted, but were not able to assist with finding the displaced family lodging for the night. The unconfirmed comments went on to say that the family was homeless now.
Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately an hour.