Lepanto firefighter injured while working house fire

Lepanto firefighter injured while working house fire
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Updated at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13:

Lepanto residents are seeking to help a family who lost their home last month in a house fire.

Lepanto Fire Chief David Simmons said local residents have been working to help the family, who lived in a home on Joyce Street near McClellan Drive. The fire caused a total loss for the family, which included a single mother and several children.

People wishing to help the family can call the Lepanto City Hall at 870-475-2415.

The Lepanto Fire Department worked for hours to put out a house fire Saturday night.

With the help of the Marked Tree Fire Department, crews rushed to the home in the 700-block of Joyce Street at 8:20 p.m.

Neighbors say although the fire began earlier, it re-ignited around 5 a.m.

"So, I go out and just kinda  look and I mean it's  blazing, the center of the house I mean it was probably 25, 30 feet at least," said neighbor Lillie Neal Smith.

According to Fire Chief David Simmons, the house, which was home to a family with several children, was a complete loss.

The family was home when the fire broke out and they all made it out safely.

Simmons says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, a firefighter that helped fight the blaze is recovering from an ankle injury.

Simmons said he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and is expected to make a speedy recovery.

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