Firefighters didn’t have far to go to battle a blaze in De Queen over the weekend.
The De Queen Fire Department received a call Saturday afternoon about a burning telephone pole. But when firefighters met to gather their equipment, they found their fire station ablaze.
“One of the firemen called me and said the place was full of smoke. I thought he was joshing me. He said, ‘We’ve got a fire at the fire station,”‘ De Queen Fire Marshal Dennis Pruitt said.
Firefighters called a dispatcher to ask that the electric company, Southwestern Electric Power Company, be summoned to disconnect the power.
“We called the dispatcher to tell SWEPCO to get here fast,” Pruitt said. “We told them the fire department has a fire. SWEPCO said ‘Yeah, the fire department has a fire.’ The dispatcher told them, ‘No it’s the fire station on fire.”‘
SWEPCO disconnected the electricity, which helped to stop the potential spread of the fire.
Authorities say the blaze started after lightning struck the fire department’s radio tower.