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Family Loses Home Following Fire

BY MELANIE WADE –

A family has suffered the complete loss of their home following a fire on Tuesday, with the cause still undetermined. Polk County dispatch received a call around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning that a house was on fire at 6165 Highway 71 South, between Cove and Vandervoort.

Cove Volunteer Fire Department responded with five firefighters and soon called for mutual aid. Fire personnel from neighboring departments including three from Vandervoort, four from Wickes, and one Hatfield unit responded. Polk County Emergency Management also responded and said five bystanders assisted in trying desperately to quench the large flames. “People were just pulling over wanting to help,” said Kyle Rowland, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Polk County.

Arkansas State Police and Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to provide traffic control as the home sits right on the highway near “Midway,” a dangerous intersection known for having “tons of wrecks,” according to Rowland. The home also sits atop a hill in a series of small rolling hills, making it difficult for travelers to realize there was an emergency ahead.

The fire was under control in approximately 45 minutes, however, the home was a complete loss. A pick-up truck sitting near the home at the time of the fire also received heavy damage. Branson and Kylie Provence were stated to be residents of the home. Two persons were in the home at the time the fire was reported. One person was injured in the incident with non-life threatening injuries. No other details are known at this time.

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