Early-Morning Fire Destroys Townhomes In Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — An early-morning fire gutted one of the townhome complexes on Betty Jo Drive, leaving three families without a place to live.

According to Assistant Chief Thomas Good, the Fayetteville Fire Department received a call at 3:49 a.m. of a fire in a townhome at 580 Betty Jo Drive.

By the time firefighters arrived, two of the four units in the building had heavy fire, and the other two units had smoke, Good said.

One of the units on fire was vacant at the time. In the other, the occupant had been awakened by the fire alarm and escaped unharmed.

One resident said she was woken at 3 a.m. by her neighbor, telling her the complex was on fire.

“The fire was already coming up over the balcony in the back it got everybody’s so,” said Mary Drane.

“It’s not safe there and then the first building is completely trashed the second one was really bad too upstairs and then mine is bad and my moms room is bad upstairs.”

Good said there were no injuries reported. He said there were reports of a cat in one of the smoke-filled units, but firefighters were never able to find it, so it may have escaped on its own.

Good said the damage extended to the entire building, so it was likely a loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.