BY LEANN DILBECK –
Mena and Ink fire departments responded to a fire this morning at the former Bob Carver home that overlooks Mena on what is dubbed “Carver Hill.”
Mena Fire Chief John Puckett said a call came in to dispatch reporting smoke coming from the roof.
The 3-story home was designed by famed architect Fay Jones and built by Bob Carver in 1979. Terry Rosson currently owns the mountaintop residence, which was currently being remodeled. Rosson had recently completed negotiations just this week to sell the home but the transaction had not yet been completed.
The home sustained extensive smoke and water damage and the exact cause is unknown at this time but is expected to be electrical. No one was in the home at the time of the fire. With the home’s historical significance, Puckett could not say if it was considered a total loss.
Jones was an Arkansas native and was a student of renowned architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. Jones most renowned works are chapels and private homes rather than skyscrapers. Jones is the architect for the famous Thorncrown Chapel located in Eureka Springs. Jones’ work focused primarily on the intimate rather than the grandiose.