|Updated: 7/03/2012 5:47 pm
||Published: 7/03/2012 1:38 pm
PULASKI COUNTY, AR -- Firefighters say a Pulaski County blaze that threatened several homes Tuesday afternoon is contained. The fire broke out off Brittany Point Drive, south of Little Rock.
The sight startled Michael D. Jackson, who lives on Brittany Point Drive and came home from work to check on his dog.
"I was coming up the road and I said, 'I hope that ain't my house.' I saw the smoke, and then I just came up the road and I saw my neighbor really out here getting it with a water hose. I just jumped out and joined her because it was coming to my house," said Jackson.
The hose held-up, as did those from the Arch Street Volunteer Fire Department, and despite the close-call -- Jackson's house, as well as the others in the area, are safe.
"Losing everything went through my mind," he said, "because I done took a lot to try to build everything I got here, but you know that's replaceable. Just human life -- that was my main concern."
Arch Street Assistant Chief Burkie Hollenberger says if firefighters hadn't gotten to the fire so quickly, it could've been much worse. Hollenberger says the fire started because a woman used a charcoal grill, which collapsed and caught the grass on fire.
"I know with the fourth of July being tomorrow," said Hollenberger, "people are gonna be wanting to grill and all that. I'm gonna say no, please don't because even a grill can set a fire."
And that warning is not just from firefighters, it's coming from your fellow homeowners too.
"Be careful if you barbequing," pleaded Jackson. "Stay having somebody always watching it, you know?"
Pulaski County deputies ended up charging Barbara Tidwell with unlawful burning as a result of the incident. She now faces a fine of at least $250.