Early Morning Fire Leaves Jonesboro Woman Without Home

JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT)  --  Officials with the Jonesboro Fire Department are investigating a fire that destroyed a home at 1416 Brookhaven Road, Jonesboro. Authorities believe the fire may have started in the garage or living room, but the Fire Marshal's Office is looking into that. Noone was inside the home at the time of the fire.

Shena Alexander, who lived in the home, said she discovered her home fully involved Thursday morning after coming back from her cousin's house. She was helping her move in and keeping her company, Alexander said.

"I actually don't know exactly what happened. All I know is I came out at about 2:30 and when I pulled up, there was a fire burning in the carport," Alexander said.

The fire department was called at 2:40 and firefighters were on scene at 2:43. When they arrived, flames were shooting through the roof and parts of it were already destroyed.

"We were dispatched around 2:40 in the morning to a house fire. I pulled up on scene first. It was well involved. The roof was already burning through. Units got on scene, put it out fairly quick and other than that we don't know. We're still checking into it to see what the cause would be," Brett Winstead of the Jonesboro Fire Department said.

The home is a total loss. Fire officials say everything inside the home sustained fire damage. The flames were so intense, it caused vinel siding of the neighbors home to melt.

Alexander said she doesn't have insurance.

"I dont know what to think. I dont have anything. My children don't have anything. I really, I really don't know what to think or what to do," Alexander said.

A total of 5 fire trucks responded to the fire, and an ambulance was called out as a precautionary measure.

Alexander said she doesn't know what she's going to do now.

"She was staying at another house. When I pulled up she was out front. She'd say she lived there and nobody else was inside," Winstead said.