Crews Battle Large Fire in Hot Springs

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Investigators are looking into the cause of a Tuesday fire that destroyed a building along Albert Pike Road.

“There was quite a few puffs of the fire, the smoke going up, the fire blowing up, the windows busting out,” says Elisabeth Bryant, who passed the scene after dropping off her son at school.

“The building was like in the beginning stages of the inferno,” she adds. “You could feel the heat even being across the street.”

“Flames were coming out of the building and they immediately blocked the road off,” says Cpl. Joey Williams, HSPD.

Nearly 20 firefighters, four engines and two aerial ladder trucks spent hours battling the fire at the old Myers building.

Police believe the bottom floor was vacant but that there were apartments upstairs.

“Place looks well abandoned, to me so it didn’t look like they were having to rescue anybody,” continues Bryant.

It was still not clear by Tuesday afternoon if anyone had been inside the building or not but no injuries or deaths had been reported.

Heavy equipment was brought in to knock down remaining walls because it was structurally unsound.

Original story:
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Firefighters in Hot Springs are currently battling a large fire at what’s believed to apartments off Highway 70.

Officials say the blaze started in the 300 block of Albert Pike Road earlier this morning. 

Traffic is being blocked as crews try to fight off the flames.

The smoke can be seen for miles

It’s unclear if anyone lives at the building that’s burning, according to Garland County 911 News.

Law enforcement asks that you please avoid the area and be patient as the fire department works to keep everyone safe.

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