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“It’s a tragedy for our neighborhood”: Neighbors upset after deadly fire

Published: May. 7, 2022 at 10:05 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A neighborhood is in mourning after a house fire left one person dead Friday evening.

Residents of Hawk Cove hoped for the best as they stood outside watching flames consume their neighbor’s home.

“It’s a tragedy for their family, and it’s a tragedy for our neighborhood,” Mike Willcockson said.

Willcockson and another neighbor, Sammie Lewis, said they tried to save the victim--who has not been identified--when the fire started, but they did not have any luck getting them out.

“The smoke was just too heavy,” Lewis said. “The fire marshals instructed us that we did the safest thing that we could possibly do.”

Both men wished they could have found the person in time, so they would not have “had to suffer.”

Lewis added the rescue efforts showed how much of a tight-knit community they try to be.

“If we don’t see each other in a couple of days, we can expect a phone call from one of the other ones just to find out where they are and how they’re doing just to make sure everybody’s okay,” he said.

Lewis and Willcockson said they plan to help the family get through a hard time.

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