Fire officials recommend fireproof safes, following destructive fire
By Jordan Howington| March 27, 2017 at 9:47 PM CDT - Updated August 12 at 2:10 PM
The Northeast Greene County Fire District urges homeowners and businesses to purchase fireproof safes.
Officials talked about the importance on Monday following a fire that destroyed Larry’s Auto Shop near Paragould this weekend.
The building became a complete loss, and important documents almost were destroyed, too. Luckily, fire crews saved them: titles, keys, and documents.
“Business can't go on if you don't have titles to go with the cars you're selling, that could be a big loss and put you in a big bind in the business way, financially,” Robert Hodge, a firefighter said. “For individuals homes, if they have a lot of property: boats, cars, trucks, the same goes with a dealership if they lose all that, they lost a lot.”
The rural fire department confirmed the auto shop did not have a fireproof safe.
Not only does it become a risk for owners, it comes as a threat to firefighters also.
“Instead of focusing on the fire and getting it out, we had to put a team of guys together to go in this dangerous burning building to recover everything we could,” Hodge said. “If they had a fire proof safe, we wouldn’t have had to send guys into harm’s way to recover all that paperwork. We recovered most of everything and no one got hurt this time.”
Anyone interested investing in a fireproof safe can contact the fire department at (870) 335-9986.
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