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Trumann fire under investigation

Published: May. 21, 2022 at 12:01 PM CDT
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TRUMANN, Ark. (KAIT) - A Friday night fire is under investigation.

According to Trumann Fire Chief Revis Kemper, the department is investigating a fire that was intentionally started on a pile of debris near Oak Street.

“The fire was set over on Oak Street. They set the mattresses on fire. And due to high winds, it spread over into the main pile,” said Captain Rodney Knuckeles. “But we were able to stop it from going over into the second pile on the other side of Oak street.”

The debris is leftover from tornado clean-up efforts throughout the community.

The department was dispatched to the fire around 10:30 pm Friday.

Kemper said this is not the first time this pile of debris has been lit on fire.

With many factors to consider, including the high wind, the department decided to contain the fire instead of putting it out Friday.

Kemper said they are still working to find out more information on how it was started.

The fire is out, but smoke is still coming from the pile.

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