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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • County residences destroyed by fire

  • Two structure fires destroyed residences in the county Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
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  • Two structure fires destroyed residences in the county Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. A fire, which is still under investigation, destroyed a young couple's house in Perrytown mid-morning Thursday. The home of Jason and Danielle Haddix at 305 Martin Drive in Perrytown was destroyed by fire and fire departments from Perrytown, Hope, Spring Hill and Southeast VFD were on scene. Pafford EMS was also on scene and Hope Water and Light and Entergy were there to cut off utilities. “The house was a total loss,” according to Perrytown Fire Chief Dave Rose. He said the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time. “I went back and walked through there last night,” Rose said Friday morning. “We know what end of the house everything happened in.” Rose said the greatest damage was in the north end of the house with the fire spreading from there. He said Perrytown was dispatched to the fire at 8:43 a.m. Thursday and the scene was cleared about two hours later. Rose said he was not certain how the fire was reported, since Perrytown was paged out by Hope central dispatch. “We did everything we could to save it, but residential structures usually burn pretty fast,” he said. “I just want everyone to know that I appreciate all the departments' quick response to the fire, I also appreciate the cooperation between departments and the way everyone works so well together.” No one was at home at the time of the fire. In another fire in Hempstead County, a house owned by Travis Kidd was considered a total loss Wednesday night. According to Southeast Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief Charles Lester, they were dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:30 p.m. Units from the Patmos, Southeast, and Perrytown volunteer fire departments were dispatched to 2412 County Road 117. The structure was fully involved when the units got to the location. The cause, according to Lester, was traced to a wood stove. “A pipe in the ceiling got too hot, and caused the fire,” Lester said. There were several people in the house at the time of the fire, but they all got out safely, according to Lester. The fire departments cleared the scene at approximately 11 p.m. --With information by Ken McLemore, Hope Star

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