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Greenwood firefighters' pager system fails

Greenwood firefighters were late getting to a kitchen fire when their pager system failed and the house burned to the ground.

GREENWOOD, Ark. (AP) — Greenwood firefighters were late getting to a kitchen fire when their pager system failed and the house burned to the ground.

No one was injured in the fire early Wednesday but the home was a total loss.

Greenwood Fire Chief Stewart Bryan says a dispatcher called him at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday with the fire report and he sent a mass text message to his department. He also sent a page to contact two other area fire chiefs to try to get more firefighters to the scene.

The Southwest Times Record reports the paging system wasn't operating and a backup was also out of order.

Bryan says that by the time firefighters arrived, the fire had already come through the roof.

The pager system was back on line Wednesday afternoon.


 

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