Early-morning house fire deemed ‘suspicious’

Crews respond to Hunt Street house fire

PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - Paragould’s fire marshal says a fire that tore through a home early Wednesday morning was “suspicious.”

Just after 5:30 a.m. Jan. 27, multiple fire units responded to the 300-block of West Hunt Street.

Chris Rollings, division chief and fire marshal for the Paragould Fire Department, said they found a single-story home with fire showing on one side.

After an “aggressive fire attack,” crews were able to knock down the flames within 10 minutes. They then searched the home but found no occupants.

“The residence suffered significant smoke, water, and heat damage,” Rollings told Region 8 News. “The origin of the fire is considered suspicious at this time.”

Firefighters cleared the scene just before 7:30 a.m.

In the last month, the Paragould Fire Department has responded to multiple house fires, including one that left two people dead.

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