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Archive for the ‘Fire’ Category

MFD Moves Into New Fire Station

Monday, October 21st, 2013

015 017The Monticello Fire Dept. has moved into its new Central Fire Station on Wood Street.

The new station has 3 bays for fire trucks, and even holds the long ladder truck, which was stored outside at the UAM station.z


Burn Ban Continues

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

007Drew County Deputies and Monticello Fire Dept. firefighters were called to this rubbish fire, Monday afternoon, when the helpful workers forgot about the burn ban, and the fire got larger than expected.

The burn ban that is in effect for Drew County HAS NOT been cancelled, due to Friday night’s rain.

Please do not burn any items, until it is cancelled by the county judge and Forestry Commission.

Fox 16 Interviews Mike from Woods Fire

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Sunday afternoon, KARK/KLRT’s Jocelyn Tovar inerviewed Mike Fritts, who was trapped inside of Thursday’s wildfire.

As the report states, Mike will get to meet Ms. Gail and other emergency staff members, which he credits with saving his life, today, in a meeting set up by MLive.

Check back later for that video.

Forestry Commission & MFD Battle Grass/Woods Fire, on 1st Day after Burn Ban

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

038Just before 1 pm, Tuesday, an out of control fire was reported on Old Warren Road, where small fires that were burning stumps reportedly caught a nearby wooded area on fire.

025The Monticello Fire Dept and Arkanssa Forestry Commission. battled the blaze, until it was extinguished.

A countywide burn ban went into effect on Monday.

County Judge Robert Akin and OEM’s Michael Frisby, along with DCSO deputies, also were at the scene.


3 More Woods Fires Strike Drew Co., Again at the Same Time

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

008Around 4 pm, Saturday, t013he Monticello Fire Dept. Arkansas Forestry Commission, Drew County Sheriff’s Dept. and OEM supervisor were dispatched to a woods fire, with houses close, located near HWY 83 and Garnett Road.

z sfMFD battled the blazes close to the roadway, while AFC used a plow to set up a perimeter, until the fire was controlled.

As they were battliing the fire, described above, 2 more grass and woods fires, were reported near South Bowser Road. Freenill Fire Dept, brought a brush truck to thre fire, as Drew County Deputies and the OEM officer also responded.

3 Fires at Same Time in Drew County

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Collin Cominto barn fireRock Spring FDFirefighters battle blaze
001Between 5-7 pm, Sunday, there were 3 diffeent fires burning in rural area of Drew County, Sunday afternoon.

The first blase reportede was in the Valley & Greenill Fire Depts. area.  They responded and put out the fire.

Next was a clear cut grass fire alonh HWY 35 West near the Cleveland County line.  Rock Springs and Pansy firefighters were paged out to extinguish the fire, and the Arkanssa Forestry Commission sent a plow to keep the hot spots from spreading.

Collins-Cominto’s fire dept. also was busy, battling a barn firem on HWY 35 east.

Our appreciation goes out to the Drew County Firefighters.


Tractor Starts Fire – Destroys Truck, Trailer, & Shed

Saturday, August 24th, 2013


Around 6 pm, Friday evening, a tractor fire, spread to the shed where it was parked.

The tractor, shed, a 1969 Ford pick-up, and a trailer were destroyed.

The Monticello Fire Dept. was paged to scene, but the flames had already spread to the rest of the structure.

MFD Responds to House Fire

Saturday, August 24th, 2013


Around 11 pm, Tuesday, this home at the intersection of Jackson and Shelton Streets was destroyed by fire.

The Monticello Fire Dept. responded to battle the fire, but the home was engulfed when they were called.

Photo courtesy of MLive reader.


Clear Creek Fire Department Receives $7,000 Plum Creek Foundation Grant

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Peter Remoy, resource manager with Plum Creek (third from left) recently presented a Plum Creek Foundation grant to Clear Creek Fire Department. Others, left to right are; Bari Mckeown, Chief, Bud McKeown, Board President, Wayne Groce, Board Secretary/Treasurer and Johnny Free, Assistant Chief CCFD.

Clear Creek Fire Department, which provides fire protection services to the northwest corner of Drew County, was awarded a $7,000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation to assist in its purchase of wildland fire fighting clothing and a portable water tank and pump. The equipment will enhance the fire department’s abilities to combat forest and field fires. (more…)

Hay Baler & Field Fire, Contained by MFD

Monday, August 12th, 2013

025Saturday, around noon, a hay baler fire was reported on North Gabbert St.

The blaze quickly ignited the dry hay, laying below the baler, as fire began to spread.

The Monticello Fire Dept. responded, and quickly had the fire extinguished.

MFD Responds to Camper Fire

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

031Just before noon, Tuesday, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of a trailer fire on East Pope Street.

A camper trailer, which was being salvaged for recyclable materials had caught fire, and was full engulfed, as they arrived.

Damage was contained to the camper.

MFD Responds to Home Fire

Monday, July 29th, 2013


Around 2 pm, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of a fire at this HWY 425 home.

Upon arrival, they were able to locate the fire, and contain it to the area of a ventilation fan motor.

The keyholder for the property complimented the Fire Dept. for their quick response and their ability to limit contain minor damage to only one room.

Fire on Bowser Road

Friday, July 12th, 2013

z fireThe Monticello Fire Dept. responded to the report of a structure fire on Bowser Road, around 3 pm, Thursday afternoon.zz fire

The shed seems to be a total loss.

Barber & Beauty, Bargains & Bows, Bookstore Building Burns

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

005 - CopyThe Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to a fire at the building next to Piggly Wiggly, Thursday morning, around 4:30.

002 - CopyThe building has been a home to many local business, from a barber and beauty shop, to a bookstore, and recently as a store for bargains and bows.

Major damage was done to the back of the structure.

Windy Hills Area Woods Fire

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

zzThe Monticello Fire Dept. and Arkansas Forestry Commission responded to a woods fire in the Windy Hills area of Old Hwy 13, Saturday afternoon, around 1 pm.zy

zxFire fighters battled the blaze, and had it contained, controlled, and extinguished in approximately an hour.

No structures were harmed, and only an estimated acre of weeds was damaged.

Photos provided by MLive readers.

MFD Responds to 7th Day Camp Road Fire

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

011Sunday afternoon around 4 pm, the Monticello Fire Dept. was called to the mobile home fire on Seventh Day Camp Road, of off Old Troy Road.

The cause was likely an electrical fire in the laundry area.  Fire damage was contained of the hallway, but smoke damage spread throughout the home.


MFD Extinguishes Attic Fire

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

zThe Monticello Fire Dept was paged to the report of a fire in the attic of a College Street home, Monday afternoon, just before 3 o’clock.

The fire was quickly extinguished, and the smoldering materials removed from the area..

The probable cause in fires like this is usually electrical.

Divers Fish Chevy Out of Lake Monticello

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Friday, around noon, the Monticello Fire & Rescue Dive Team was called to Lake Monticello, where a couple fishing were trying to load their boat onto its trailer.


Woman in Pond” Story Covered by Channels 4 & 16

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The story of a local 89 year old lady that didn’t panic, but instead calmly fought to free herself after her scooter turned over, throwing her into the edge of a pond, has gained statewide attention, as she was interviewed by KARK’s Josh Berry, about her ordeal, and how she found out about the search.


Minor Fire at City Drug

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Around 8 pm Thursday night, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of smoke at City Drug, on E. Gaines Street.

Due to their quick response, only a box in the storage area was damaged.

Nikki Hood, co-owner of City Drug told MLive how much she appreciated the quick response of the local fire and police depts, and added that City Drug will open at 8 am, as usual, with breakfast and all services in full operation.


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