Fort Smith House Destroyed in Overnight Fire
A Fort Smith home was destroyed after a fire broke out early Friday morning (Dec. 20). According to authorities, the fire started around 2:30 a.m. in the 7700 block of South 24th St.
The home was fully engulfed when crews arrived on scene, according to authorities.
“When we arrived it was already through the roof,” Battalion Chief Boyd Waters said. ” I mean it was completely engulfed through the roof. Sometimes you hear people say we got a completely engulfed structure, but this one was completely engulfed from front to back. There was nothing that wasn’t on fire.”
Firefighters said there’s nothing salvageable inside the home. The fire burned down the roof and caused extensive damage throughout the house.
As for what caused the fire, crews said that’s still under investigation. Neighbors reported hearing an “explosion” around the time the fire began.
“The back wall is completely blown on out from underneath the house,” said Waters. “It blew out and is laying in the backyard so there was something that happened there to cause that.”
Crews on scene told 5NEWS that no one was home when the fire started.
Maria Cortes, who lives next door to the burned house, said no one has lived at the property for most of the year. Instead, she believes the house is a rental property that is vacant.
Some of the siding on Cortes’ home melted and a window blew out during the fire, but she said there is no damage inside her home.
“I have to say thank you, God. Thank you for the firemen.”
Authorities said they do have the name of the homeowner and are working to get in contact with them.