BY MELANIE BUCK –
A two-story home in Shady Grove, approximately 3 miles west of Mena, was deemed a complete loss after a fire consumed the home on the night of Saturday, January 21, 2017. Shady Grove Firefighters were dispatched to the fire around 9:30 p.m. The fire was located in a home directly across the road from the fire station at 120 Polk Road 49; however, it was fully involved when fire fighters arrived.
The Mena Fire Department, as well as, Potter, Dallas Valley, Acorn, and Ink, were all called upon to provide mutual aid as they tried to protect nearby structures and drown out the massive flames on the approximately 3,000 sq. ft. home. Polk County Emergency Management and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department also provided aid.
The person who resides in the home was out of town when the fire occurred and no injuries were listed. The owner is listed as William Ehret.
Lightning is suspected as the cause but has not been confirmed at this time.