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Appleton, Pea Ridge and Jerusalem Fire Departments fight midnight structure fire

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:58 am

At 12:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, June 17, the Appleton Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire on T and R Lane in Appleton after Pope County dispatchers received a 911 call reporting the blaze. The 911 caller stated to dispatchers that after hearing a large explosion, they discovered the trailer on the property was on fire.

Pope County dispatchers relayed the call to the Appleton Fire Department and firefighters immediately responded. Appleton Fire Department 850 was first to arrive on scene and as he arrived, he advised dispatchers and fellow firefighters en route to the call that a single wide trailer located on the property was engulfed in flames. The dispatcher was informed that the single wide trailer was approximately 70% involved. At that time, Appleton command on scene asked dispatch to contact Entergy and to have them to respond to the scene to disconnect power. 

As additional firefighters arrived, the Appleton firefighters planned their attack on the blaze and began their fire fight. 

As firefighters began their attack, Appleton command radioed Pope County dispatchers and requested the Pea Ridge Fire Department as well as the Jerusalem Fire Department to provide mutual aid assistance in the fire call. 

The Pea Ridge and Jerusalem Fire Department responded as requested to provide mutual aid and once on scene, joined Appleton firefighters as they worked to contain the blaze.

Entergy officials arrived on scene just before 1 a.m Tuesday morning and disconnected power at the location. 

While firefighters continued their fight throughout the early morning hours Tuesday, at 1:06 a.m., Appleton command on scene advised Pope County dispatchers that the fire was under control.  

Firefighters from the three departments worked together in extinguishing what remained of the fire throughout the fallen structure through the use of Appleton Fire Departments portable ponds. The water provided during the fight was transported and replenished by the use of four tankers. The tankers rotated filling and dumping water into the portable ponds to maintain a steady water source. The water was obtained from a hydrant located away from the scene.

Just before 2 a.m. The fire had been extinguished and throughout the early morning hours Tuesday, firefighters remained on scene treating hot spots.

At the time of the fire, the single wide trailer was not occupied and there  were no injuries sustained by firefighters in their fight. The structure and its contents are considered to be a total loss.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but at this time the structure fire is under investigation.

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