Two firefighters sent to hospital during fire response

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) – More than thirty firefighters from eight departments rushed to Walnut Ridge to help fight an overnight fire on NW 3rd Street.

Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Frank Owens said the fire started low, moved up toward the attic, and spread into the house. Since the house was being renovated and had walls in the attic, Owens said the fire was especially hard to contain.

The fire department had to call in help from Alicia, Black Rock, Clover Bend, Hoxie, Imboden, Portia, and Sedgewick to assist because of the heat stress his firefighters had to endure. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital and one has been released. The other firefighter's condition is still unknown.

No one was in the home when the fire began.

In addition to multiple departments being on scene, the Arkansas State Police have been called in to investigate the cause of the fire since Owens says its origins seem suspicious.

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