JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Fire officials said Friday they are investigating the cause of a fire that heavily damaged the Hill Apartments near Brookland. According to Steve Beck, Fire Chief of the Brookland Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were called out to Craighead County road 702. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were shooting through the roof.
"Two of them sustained heavy fire damage, the attic sustained heavy fire damage," said Beck. "Some type of kitchen fire."
The building suffered heavy fire damage to the apartments located upstairs, and the lower apartments suffered water and smoke damage. A total of five families lived in the complex with three living in the upper section where the fire was located. A resident of the complex said the fire started because of something left on a stove.
"I think it was a grease fire. I think she left the pan on, I think. We're not sure but that's what the firefighter said. He said it looks like, it was in the kitchen so, she ran off and left the grease on is what it looks like," said Leylan Mitchell. "She's taking it rough but she'll get over it. She'll recover, hopefully."
Mitchell said he was at work when he learned of the fire.
"I lost everything, so one streak of bad luck. My house got broken into a couple of weeks ago and now I've got a house fire," said Mitchell. "We got a baby on the way actually, but it's actually just a total loss. There's nothing else I can say about it."
The Philadelphia, Brookland and Jonesboro Fire Departments responded to the fire.
One resident was treated for smoke inhalation and a cat was killed in the fire.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.