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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Antique residence destroyed by fire

  • An antique residence on South Elm Street was destroyed by fire Friday night, but Hope Fire Department firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby residence and business.
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  • An antique residence on South Elm Street was destroyed by fire Friday night, but Hope Fire Department firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby residence and business.
    Residence owner Carol Ann Standridge, of 913 S. Elm St., told HFD Chief Dale Glanton that she and her son discovered the fire about 8:30 p.m. Friday.
    They were watching TV downstairs and said they heard a popping sound upstairs,” Glanton said this morning.
    He said when HFD units arrived at the scene a short time later, the early 20th Century wood frame residence was completely engulfed in flames.
    We don't know, and probably never will have a good cause,” Glanton said. “All we have, right now, is what the owner told us.”
    He said the investigation, to date, has shown that the garage, which faced off West 10th Street, was among the last parts of the residence to burn.
    Her son backed the car out of the garage all the way across the street and into a utility pole,” Glanton said.
    He said the investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going.
    It was an old, wood frame house, and when it started burning, it burned quickly,” Glanton said. “Our main concern was to protect everything around it and we were successful.”
    Trees on the west side of the residence adjacent to a neighboring residence that is for sale were almost completely singed by the fire and foliage between the residence an an insurance agency building on South Main Street was singed.

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