Update: Sergeant Released From Hospital After Injured in Apt. Fire

(Update, July 18 1:33 p.m.):
HOT SPRINGS, AR - Sergeant Roy Williams with the Garland County Sheriff's Office was released from the hospital yesterday and is resting comfortably with family after receiving 1st and 2nd degree burns from fire at Village Square Apartments on Wednesday.

Williams lives in the apartments and assisted crews with evacuating the building.

(Original Story, July 16):
HOT SPRINGS, AR - An early morning fire claimed an apartment complex building leaving all 24 units uninhabitable. 

Crews were called to Village Square Apartments in Hot Springs about 4:15 Wednesday morning.

Dylan McFarland lost his apartment. "It's still surreal to me," he said. "It's like it hasn't happened."

"I looked out the window and you could just see the entire ceiling just engulfed out there on my balcony.  So I went around and I was beating on doors as loud as I could."

McFarland wasn't the only one trying to help people.  The Garland County Sheriff's Office tell us several deputies also arrived on scene to help, including Sergeant Roy Williams, Village Square tenant. 

McFarland said, "He's in the hospital now too, he's got the battle scars to go along with it."

Everyone escaped the fire without major injuries, except for Sgt. Williams.  As he was going door to door trying to help people, a ceiling collapsed--leaving him with first and second degree burns. 

"It's heroic. He knows what to protect and serve means," says Michael Jones, an apartment resident. "He went above and beyond the call of duty. He protected and served the community the best he could."

Complex manager, Marty Caldwell added, "Hero is the best word to place for him. He is a hero."

Caldwell said Sgt. Williams had been transferred to a burn center in Little Rock.

"(I'm) Very proud, I'm tearing up almost of my courtesy officer, Roy Williams."

As the rebuilding begins at this complex, there will be a home waiting for Sgt. Williams.

Caldwell said, "I'm ready for him to get back. And we have an apartment ready for him to start all over."

The Lake Hamilton Fire Department is investigating this fire. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined. 

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