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Fires destroy 2 homes in county

No one was injured last week as fires destroyed two homes in Van Buren County.

On Wednesday, March 13, a fire on Baker Lake Road destroyed the home of Brian and Stephanie Ward and their children.

The 911 call came in at 2:56 p.m. By 3:15 p.m the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Rena Shelton, secretary of the Culpepper Volunteer Fire Department, said she did not know what caused the fire, but said the hottest point of the fire was in the front of the house where a freezer was located.

Other departments responding to the fire were Choctaw and Scotland. About 10 firefighters were at the scene along with three fire trucks.

The home was a total loss, Shelton said.

On Friday, March 15, fire destroyed a fifth-wheel camper trailer in Alread that was home to two people. The camper, near Pumpkin Center Road, caught fire around 11 a.m.

A man who was living there was at the site working on a car while his wife was in town, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Wheeler.

By the time the call came, the camper was a loss and firefighters worked to put out blazes in the surrounding area, including one close to an electric pole.

Also at the scene, Wheeler said, were sheriff’s deputies, Southern Paramedics and Petit Jean Electric. The ambulance service did not transport anyone, Wheeler said. He said other Alread volunteer firefighters responding to the scene were Benny Bixler, Bob Owen, Virgil Lemings and Fire Chief Scott Teague. The department responded with two fire trucks.

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