Several house fires reported last week in Carroll County
By Kelby Newcomb
Area fire departments stayed busy last week, responding to multiple house fires throughout Carroll County.
A Berryville home was lost in a house fire Friday evening.
City inspector and firefighter Carl Goins said the Berryville Fire Department responded to the fire, which began between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, March 8. He said the firefighters spent about five hours working to get the house fire under control.
“We were out there until after 8:30 p.m.,” Goins said. “It was a challenging fire. We couldn’t get inside to where it was. We kept having to work from the outside until we finally got to where we could get inside and get it controlled enough.”
He said Berryville ended up calling for help and got tanker support from the Eureka Springs, Golden, Mo., and Eagle Rock, Mo., fire departments.
“The house was pretty much a total loss, but we were able to save the shop building,” Goins said. “We were out there quite a while. We just couldn’t get to a lot of it. We finally tore a hole in the side of the wall to get into that part of the house and get the fire put out where we could save the shop building.”
He said the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
The Green Forest Fire Department responded to two house fires last week.
The first took place Monday, March 4, on County Road 607.
Fire Chief Tim Howard said the fire started in a well house on the side of the house and spread.
“We got it put out,” he said. “The fire burned one end of the house, and there was smoke damage on the other end.”
Administrative assistant Kristy Lambert said the report says the fire department was toned out for a well house fire at 4 p.m. Monday. While personnel were en route, she said, the well house caught the home on fire, too.
The Berryville Fire Department responded to assist, she said, and it took the firefighters about 120 minutes to extinguish the flames. Lambert said the southwest corner of the home, including the laundry room, bathroom and living room, burned down in the fire.
Lambert said Green Forest Fire Department responded to the report of a mobile home fire at 34 Parrot Road on Wednesday, March 6. The Alpena Fire Department assisted, she said, and the fire took two hours and 10 minutes to be extinguished.
The trailer was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Lambert said, and the firefighters broke through the east end bedroom after getting the fire under control. Everything was lost in the fire, she said.
Lambert said the cause of the mobile home fire is still under investigation.