Regency Inn to be torn down

(Source: Carol Chester)
(Source: Carol Chester)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The remaining shell of a local hotel will soon come down.

A bulldozer and two dumpsters are sitting in front of the charred Regency Inn on Gee Street--a building that was once a permanent home to several Jonesboro residents.

The owners say they plan on tearing down the building but haven't given an exact date.

The Jonesboro Police Department says it appears the fire started in the southwest corner of the motel around 7:30p on the night of July 25. According to the fire department, the blaze displaced about 30 people who lived at the motel. Several families have now moved into a temporary shelter set up by the American Red Cross at the Parker Park Community Center.

The Red Cross has promised to keep the shelter open as long as it is needed, according to Northeast Arkansas disaster zone manager Jody Carter.

To donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, Visit, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to:

American Red Cross In Arkansas
P.O. Box 191051
Little Rock, AR, 72219

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and provide any updates as soon as they become available.

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