JFD Pumper Pushes Car into Apartment

AUGUST 24, 2006 - Posted at 7:23 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Jonesboro firefighters were called to an apartment fire at 1411 Burns Circle around 9 p.m. last night.

In a bizarre twist, a JFD pumper apparently slipped a gear and pushed a nearby car into another apartment.  The firefighters just engaged the pumps to fight the fire when the incident occured.

"It was fast, it was quick.  About the time it was going, we were thinking, why didn't it stop?  And then it hits the car and winds up in the apartment.  So I mean it was quick...just quick!," said apartment resident and witness Robbye Girard.  JFD officials said the truck was a reserve unit that was put into service yesterday while the primary truck is being repaired.

Most residents evacuated the building, except for one man who re-entered the building to retrieve something.  The man and one firefighter were taken to St. Bernard's Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.