JFD responds to large building fire

Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 1:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 7:22 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A large building fire Friday afternoon sent flames and black plumes of smoke high over downtown Jonesboro.

Truck 2 responding to structure fire downtown this afternoon. Video courtesy of FF Wes Davis

Posted by Jonesboro Fire Department on Friday, June 18, 2021

Chief Kevin Miller with the Jonesboro Fire Department said the first call came in around 1:17 p.m. Friday.

When engines arrived, they found an old storage building located near Main Street and Johnson Avenue, behind Rent One and the Dollar General store, “fully involved.”

At least four units began attacking the fire, to prevent it from spreading to the train tracks and nearby Main Street Bridge.

Jonesboro firefighters responded Friday afternoon to a large building fire near downtown.
Jonesboro firefighters responded Friday afternoon to a large building fire near downtown.(Quincey Martin)

To protect motorists and allow emergency vehicles to reach the scene, police shut down the bridge.

The traffic around the area was forced to be detoured away from the fire by Jonesboro police, with several area streets in downtown and north Jonesboro bottlenecked with traffic.

By mid-afternoon, Jonesboro police had asked people to avoid downtown Jonesboro, at least through evening rush hour, as crews continued to work on putting out the fire.

4:30 p.m. Update: All main roads have been cleared in the downtown area. Traffic may resume back to normal. Front Street...

Posted by Jonesboro Police Department on Friday, June 18, 2021

As of 4:30 p.m., all roads in downtown Jonesboro impacted by the fire were back open except for Front Street.

As of 2 p.m., there were no reports of injuries; however, Miller said homeless people were living in the building.

Currently, he has no information on what might have caused the fire.

Miller said it will take several hours before crews will be able to clear the scene.

Firefighters worked to battle the blaze, with smoke starting to clear around 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Several people have shared photos of the flames and smoke:

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