Downtown Jonesboro building heavily damaged after a fire

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -  "A good Samaritan noticed that there were flames coming out of the roof, and came in and yelled and got us all out safely," said Dr. Larry Felts.

Psychiatrist Dr. Larry Felts has practiced in Downtown Jonesboro building for  23 years.

"This place has been like home," said Dr. Felts.

Wednesday afternoon Dr. Felts watched as his practice, located 312 West Jefferson, become engulfed in flames.

"I thought maybe just a little fire or something, but it was already blazing," said Dr. Felts.

Upon arriving on scene, Jonesboro firefighters battled flames, heavy smoke and sweltering heat.

"We know it started in the attic.   I've been in with one fire marshal and looked at it, but we don't know the exact cause right now," said Jonesboro Fire Department Battalion Chief, Brett Winstead.

Firefighters remained on the scene for hours dousing hot spots and trying to determine the exact cause of the fire.  Dr. Felts says his main concern now is the well being of his patients.

"We'll start picking up the pieces and making arrangements to make sure everybody is taken care of, you know, nobody goes without their medication or the treatment that they need," said Dr. Felts.

Dr. Felts says while some of the files got wet,  none of them burned and they're locked up.  He says while they will likely have to find another place for treatment at least temporarily, the only thing they can do now is move on.

"My patients might worry about what's going on, but we'll figure things out.   They can just call me, we'll take care of things," said Dr. Felts.

Dr. Felts tells Region 8 news he will be at his practice until at least noon on Thursday.  He said patients can come by and they will decide where future meetings will take place.

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