NEAR HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Several condominium units have been destroyed in an early morning fire.
The Lake Hamilton Fire Department says the blaze in the Diamondhead community broke out around 2 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of Waterfront Drive.
The Diamondhead police chief says nine condo units were destroyed or damaged. A condo owner told us about four residents lived there on waterfront property permanently.
“At 3 o’clock the phone rang and I got the devastating news that our condo was on fire,” says Kay Daniel.
Daniel has owned a condo in the Diamondhead community in Garland County for five years.
“We’re very close, lots of friends here,” she adds.
The call came in to Diamondhead Police reporting smoke coming from homes on Waterfront Drive.
“I seen the fire coming up from the backside and a few minutes later I heard a small explosion that came from propane tanks in far back,” says Chief Joel Tyner, Diamondhead Police Department.
The fire destroyed two buildings containing nine condominiums.
“This is probably the biggest one we’ve had over here,” Chief Tyner continues.
“We were just devastated by the people that were going to be hurt in this place by the fire,” Daniel says. “There were four permanent residents that lived here that lost everything that they had.”
Thankfully, everyone who was home at the time safely escaped.
“It was because an 80-year-old lady just woke up and looked out her window and saw the blaze,” explains Daniel.
As Daniel heads back to Magnolia, she’s awaiting any update.
“We just need your prayers and thoughts,” she says.
Daniel says she had no plans to leave her second home.
“We love our friends here and living here and being with them,” she says.
Firefighters from the Morningstar and Rockport fire departments also helped battle the blaze.