BY MELANIE BUCK –
Polk County Fire Fighters have been kept busy over the last few days, battling fires in both Acorn and Hatfield.
Multiple departments responded to a house fire on Polk Road 184 in the Acorn community just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning [July 19, 2016]. The fire was determined to have started in a pick-up truck under the carport and quickly spread to the attack area. Homeowners Don and Judye Myers were home with grandson, Ridge, at the time of the fire but were able to escape unharmed.
The house is a complete loss and no cause has been determined. Acorn, Ink, Dallas Valley, and Mena Fire Departments responded as well as Polk County Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Department, and Southwest EMS. Control of the fire was gained around 5 a.m., however, Acorn Fire Department was still mopping up the scene and controlling hot spots at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Firefighters had to again responded to the same location when the fire rekindled on Wednesday evening, July 20, 2016.
On Monday, July 18, around Hatfield Fire Department Chief called in a fire on Polk Road 282 in Hatfield. A chicken house located at Beck Farms was on fire and was burned to the ground before Hatfield and Cove Fire Departments reached the scene. Polk County Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Department, and Southwest EMS also responded to the scene. Although one house was lost, seven remain standing and unharmed. The house was also empty of chickens at the time of the fire. No cause has been determined.