World War II Veteran Hospitalized In Fayetteville Fire

Posted on: 12:59 am, December 24, 2013, by , updated on: 05:28pm, December 24, 2013

An elderly Fayetteville man pulled from his burning house by his son-in-law was hospitalized early Tuesday (Dec. 24) and remains in the hospital in fair condition, officials said.

Emergency responders received a report of a home on fire at 3201 Rom Orchard Road at 11:51 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 23), according to Dennis Ledbetter, Washington County fire marshal.

Brett Freeland with the Goshen Fire Department said when firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.

A friend of the man’s said the resident is a 93-year-old World War II veteran and recipient of two Purple Hearts. The friend identified him as Paul Pannell.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the man in the home did not hear an alarm, according to Freeland. A neighbor said the man wears hearing aids. The man was sent to Washington Regional Medical Center for cuts from the window and smoke inhalation, but the extent of his injuries have not been released, according to Ledbetter.

Pannell was later transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

The fire rekindled with flames erupting from the house around 6:45 a.m. after crews had left the scene. Washington County firefighters were called back to the scene to douse the flames.


  • Mark Smith says:

    What is with all these homes burning down? It’s one thing to have house fires. It’s anotherbtobhave them fully engulfed by the time fire fighters arrive. Either there is an arsonist or there is some understanding that people can get out of their mortgages by torching their homes with a wink from fire chiefs. It’s just to common an occurrence.

  • John says:

    Our house burned down a few years ago and we didn’t even have insurance. We still don’t know why it burned.

    The house was built in 1982 and everything electrical worked fine.

    Our insurance had been canceled 5 years ago due to a very large healthy tree right by the house that we didn’t want to cut down.

    The house was paid off and we got the house for free when my dad died.

    Not all fires are arson, but I’d guess that most are, especially with the still way undervalued housing market.

  • misty says:

    How could it have been reported around 10p.m. Monday Dec 24.

  • Heather says:

    A wink from the fire chief? You’re getting entirely too crazy on this. The fire chiefs in NWA are nothing up stand-up professional firefighters, they would not risk their lives or their co-workers lives just so someone could have an insurance pay out. You’re just being ridiculous. Some older homes were built with materials that were phased out/not up to code with todays building standards- thus more likely to catch fire and burn more quickly.

  • mark says:

    “people can get out of mortgages by torching their homes”,,,,very easy to comment on someone else’s tragedy….count your own blessings & be glad you have your own roof overhead esp in this cold

  • Haley & Kim says:

    Paul you are in our prayers.Love you

    • susie says:

      Paul your in my prayers and I have been in home care 28 years if you need a place to live when you get out of the hospital call me 479/295/6727

  • tracy says:

    great report informative I appreciate your great stories Kayla!

  • Coach Greg Matthews says:

    If there is an effort to help this guy out I’d like to be involved. His loss touches me.

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