Weekend Fires Fought in and Around a Saline Co. Community


SALINE COUNTY, Ark.– Multiple fires sparked in and around a Saline County community this past weekend.

The Sardis Fire Chief said someone may have intentionally set one of those fires.

The Sardis Fire Department and surrounding volunteer departments teamed up to try to knock down flames at 2 house fires and another building fire this weekend.

Evidence of not one or two but three intense, weekend fires sat in and around the Saline County community of Sardis.

Albert Bradshaw said, “We lost about everything. We got the clothes that we had on and that’s it.”

The Sardis Fire Department helped East End battle a fire that destroyed Bradshaw’s home Sunday.

“It’s been tough,” he told us less than 2 years ago his 29-year-old son died in a car wreck.

“Most of his pictures and stuff trophies he had,” he said were all lost in the fire.

The blaze Sunday afternoon stole most of that, but somehow the couple saved their son’s ashes.  

He explains what gets him through everything, “(Taking it) Day by day and God.”

But before helping fight that fire, Sardis firefighters battled flames on Lucenda Lane on Sunday.

We met 9-year-old Kobe in that neighborhood.

“I got this fire hat from the fire department,” Kobe said.

Firefighters had to go to the abandoned shop and land on fire Saturday and Sunday.

Kobe talked about seeing all the firefighters, “That was kind of cool but it wasn’t cool when the fire was going on.”

Lisa Harding is a parent of one of the kids we met, “It’s kind of scary.”

The Sardis fire chief called the Lucenda Lane fire suspicious and that worries neighbors.

Harding said, “Like what’s next someone else’s house that somebody lives in?”

Between the two calls to the suspicious fire, the same firefighters with multiple, near-by volunteer departments tried to save this Hillridge Road home Saturday night.

We learned the two house fires are not suspicious.

No one was injured at any of the fires. That is something that through Bradshaw’s tears reminds people of what can and can’t be replaced.

Bradshaw said, “It’s been a tough tough ordeal.”

Bradshaw said it looks like an electrical fire in a bedroom destroyed his home Sunday afternoon.

We learned the Saline County Sheriff’s Office took a report about the Lucenda Lane fire.

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