Flames consumed the residence of Sheila Warner Sunday evening, despite efforts of the Mena Fire Department.
The fire at 403 Tenth Street in Mena Sunday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. kept a neighborhood in alarm, as well as fire and emergency responders busy. Two individuals were reported in the home and were both able to escape the structure, though one of the residents was treated for smoke inhalation.
Mena Fire Chief Steve Egger said the investigation is ongoing.
Emergency responders included 18 Mena Fire Department personnel, assisted by Mena Police Department and Southwest EMS.
The call came in at 10:18 p.m. and the first firefighter arrived on scene to a structure completely engulfed, just two minutes after the call.
Egger said the 100 year-old home and its contents were fuel to the fire that consumed the structure.
In addition to the home, two cars were claimed by the blaze.
A neighboring home 10 feet away was able to be protected from the large flames through the efforts of responders.
“Really the response was remarkable. The crews did a great job,” Egger said, noting the fire was contained and suppressed by midnight and crews continued to mitigate hot spots until 3 a.m.
Her family is asking the community for support.
A Facebook Fundraiser has been established.
According to the fundraiser page, “Warner was a hospice nurse for 33 years and retired in 2014. She was the recipient of the Arkansas Hospice Heart award in 2013. She has helped numerous families throughout her life and career and is a very loving and giving woman.”
Monetary donations can be made at Arvest Bank under Cherie and Craig Warner.
If you would like to donate clothing she wears a size large tops, medium pants (no jeans please), and size 7 shoes. She prefers elastic waist pants, loose fitting tops, and slip on shoes. Contact Tamara Vasquez through Facebook if you are able to contribute.