Early morning fire affects family in Little Rock and Pine Bluff | News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The joy of the holidays were halted for a southwest Little Rock neighborhood when an early morning fire resulted in the death of one resident. Two other persons at 8715 Verbena were injured after jumping to safety from the second story to escape a quickly moving fire. They were transported to a local hospital. The fourth person was unharmed.
American Red Cross Disaster Responders were on the scene in Little Rock providing comfort and disaster assistance of emergency housing, clothing and food to residents of the destroyed home. Three dogs were unharmed; a pet python died in the blaze.
Disaster Responders were also dispatched in Pine Bluff to provide benevolent care to the mother of the deceased. Red Cross Mental Health responders are on standby for emotional support.
“As we celebrate the holidays, we are presented with another reminder of the tragedy from the increase in fires and the loss of life,” stated Regional Communications Officer Brigette Williams. “During the recent Thanksgiving holidays Red Cross provided care to more than 100 individuals affected by fires around the state.” Four Arkansans died from fire related injuries during the same times. “We don’t want to repeat such numbers if at all possible in December.”
Red Cross reminds Arkansans to have working smoke detectors for each level of the home, and to practice escape routes. More fire safety tips can be found at www.arkansasredcross.org .
(source: American Red Cross)