Best practices for preventing fires at home
Firefighters were not able to save the home of a family of four in Finley on Sunday.
Shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday smoke detectors alerted the couple and their two young children that their stucco-covered house on E. Locust Private Road SE was on fire, said Tracy Baker, with Benton County Fire District 1.
The family was able to get out safely, she said.
But firefighters arrived to find the single-story house engulfed in flames.
The fire appeared to have started in the garage and then spread into the house, Baker said. It’s not clear how it started.
The family is now staying with relatives.
The second fire was reported off Yew Street about 9:30 p.m.
The owner of the property thought he smelled something burning earlier in the evening but couldn’t find anything wrong.
The fire was in a motorhome being rented out, Baker said. The person living there was not home at the time.
Although the motorhome could not be saved, firefighters kept the fire from spreading to nearby vehicles and a trailer.
The cause has not been determined.