JFD: Huntington Ave. fire “accidental”

Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 3:49 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2021 at 4:11 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The cause of the fire on Huntington Avenue that killed two people Sept. 2 was accidental, according to the Jonesboro Fire Department.

Authorities released details on the cause of the fire Thursday afternoon.

Officials said the stove in the kitchen was left on.

During a council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7, Jonesboro Harold Copenhaver confirmed Geraldine Coleman, 62, and her one-year-old granddaughter died in the fire.

Mayor Copenhaver also praised the firefighters who rescued the other two children trapped in the burning home.

Officials are still awaiting the autopsy results for Coleman and the child.

Jonesboro police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene of a house fire on Huntington Avenue Friday afternoon.

Officers got a call about the fire around 3:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Huntington Avenue.

Authorities said they worked to get people out of the house as the fire spread.

According to the Jonesboro Fire Department, authorities were able to pull four people from the home and two people, including a child, were taken to the hospital.

Witnesses also said they saw smoke, then a huge plume of smoke in the area before the fire.

At 3:32PM this afternoon E6, E2, E5, T2,T1, Battalion 2 and Battalion 1 were dispatched to a report of a structure fire...

Posted by Jonesboro Fire Department on Friday, September 3, 2021

Region 8 News also went to the scene and provided details.

BREAKING NEWS: We're learning about at least one serious injury.

Posted by Region 8 News on Friday, September 3, 2021

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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