At approximately 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the Pottsville Fire Department was called to respond to a structure fire on Jordan Lane in their district. The Atkins Fire Department, Pea Ridge Fire Department and the Dardanelle Fire Department responded to the fire to provide mutual aid.
The Pottsville Fire Department arrived at the address of the fire and observed smoke and flames exiting a large metal shop building located in a field behind a residence. Firefighters began fighting the fire as it continued to consume the structure.
As other departments arrived, they joined the Pottsville firefighters in their fight.
The efforts provided by the responding departments prevented the spread of the blaze to other structures nearby as well as the field the shop was located in. Fire crews were on the scene for approximately two hours and after containing and extinguishing the fire, all departments returned to service.
It was determined that the fire began due to a separate pile of debris being burned on the property. The owner began burning brush and debris away from the structure early Thursday morning at 7 a.m. Just before 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the fire had died down and the owner briefly went inside the residence.
Within a short period of time, the fire spread from the burn pile by igniting the ground. The fire traveled around the outside of an old wood barn and as it circled the structure, the fire ignited the metal shop building located next to it. The metal shop contained plywood, wood working materials, homemade fishing lures and other personal property.
The wood barn was not damaged in the fire, but the metal shop and it's contents were a total loss.