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Fire Destroys Home; Family Searching for Pets


Potter Volunteer Fire Department called for mutual aid from Shady Grove and Hatfield Volunteer Fire Departments around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, to a structure fire atop a wooded hill on Highway 375 West. The structure appeared to be fully engulfed as they responded and firefighters battled the blaze for some time, responding again early Friday morning for a hot spot that had flared back up. The structure, a complete loss, was the home of Lee and Jennifer Collins, their two children, and their beloved pets.

Jennifer told the Pulse that the family had “lost everything” and that any donations are being accepted and “greatly appreciated.” In addition to losing all of their possessions, they have also lost a small brown male dog that answers to Rusty and a small black male cat named Boo. “Please pray for our babies,” she said.

Some of the items needed include bedding, towels, laundry baskets, household cleaners, and clothing. Sizes for 11-year old son, Matthew: size 12-14 pants, 12-16 medium – large shirts, and size 5-6 shoes; 8-year old daughter, Lea: size 7-8 pants, 8-12 small-medium shirts, and size 1-2 shoes; adult sizes: 3X-4X shirts, 18-20 or 1X-2X pants, and size 10-10W shoes.

“We want to thank each and everyone for their love and prayers,” said Jennifer. A benefit account has also been opened at Union Bank of Mena to benefit the family of Lee and Jennifer Collins.

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