BY MELANIE BUCK –
A fire near Acorn on Sunday was extinguished quickly thanks to a neighbor noticing smoke coming from an attic vent and calling 911. Acorn Fire Department responded and Ink Fire Department provided mutual aid on Sunday, December 18, at 143 Polk Road 76 East around 4:15 p.m.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined. The attic of the home is “charred and there was a lot of damage to the living room area,” reported Polk County Emergency Management Deputy Kyle Rowland. It took fire fighters less than an hour to wrap up the call.
Rowland reported that there was a house fire in Hatfield last week as well with the cause determined to be a dirty chimney flue. Luckily, the fire was contained to the chimney and the wall it sits on. He said everyone should make sure there flues are clean and free of debris before building a fire.
On Monday, December 19, a man was welding on Highway 8, east of Mena, when some cardboard debris was set on fire. Fire fighters responded to quickly extinguish that blaze amid high winds.
On Monday afternoon, Dallas Valley Fire Fighters responded to a call at 2985 Highway 8 East where a grass fire had gotten out of control. The call came in around 3 p.m.
During winter, lower humidity levels combined with high wind gusts make for a dangerous combination. Caution is advised when performing any burning in the area.