08-08-2003, 11:03 AM #1
Maumelle, Ark -- Four children escape fire caused by suspected meth lab
At 1151 hours on Thursday, August 8th, 2003, Maumelle Engine 1, Truck 1, Chief 501 and public safety officers responded to a report of a structure fire at 125 Oakridge Cove. Upon arrival, heavy fire was showing from the front of the home with the garage appearing to be fully involved. North Little Rock Engine 4 was requested for mutual aid.
A blitz attack using Engine 1's deck gun was initiated. The deck gun knocked down the heaviest body of fire. Two 1.75" handlines were then pulled for containment and to extinguish fire which had spread to the attic area. The fire was contained to the garage, the attic and the area immediately surrounding the garage. However, the entire home suffered heat, smoke and/or water damage.
The family of six -- two adults and four children -- that occupied the residence was home at the time of the fire and escaped the blaze. An adult male resident received burns to his arms, face and back. The patient was transported to Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock by Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services. No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.
During the investigation phase of the incident, police and fire personnel found evidence of a possible methamphetamine manufacturing operation. The Little Rock Police Narcotics Unit was requested to the scene to assist Maumelle police with the investigation and clean-up.
The adult female resident was arrested Thursday night on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a drug premises, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of minors. Her husband is expected to be arrested on the same charges.
The initial loss estimate is $155,000 for the home and contents. The four children are staying with family.
The Maumelle Department of Public Safety consists of six career firefighters, 17 cross-trained public safety officers, 23 volunteer firefighters, a fire marshal, a fire chief and a public safety director. The department, which protects a population of approximately 12,000, is located in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas.
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