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Suspect sought in prank fire call

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tammy Curtis

Staff Writer

Public servants work long tireless hours, many of which are volunteered to protect the public, whether it be ambulance crews, police or fire fighters.

One person must not realize the danger these people face, as a prank call regarding a structure fire was called into the Ash Flat Fire Department in the late night hours of Jan. 20.

The call was taken by Ash Flat Fire Captain Jared Allen. Allen said, he thought it was odd the call came into the station, rather than dispatch.

The caller stated there was a structure fire on Campground Road at the G. Arnold residence and hung up before Allen could speak with him.

The captain thought the blaze was in the Evening Shade district, so he also paged the Evening Shade and Center Fire Departments for back up.

The night of the alleged fire, roads were extremely icy and hazardous.

Crews from three departments responded, each taking fire trucks and personal vehicles out on treacherous roads in search of the fire.

After about a half hour and help from dispatch to locate the name in a database, it was determined the call was a prank call.

While responding to the call, Allen radioed dispatch to insure someone was at the fire department in case the phone was to ring with further instructions, or if another emergency call would have come through while firefighters were in search of the fire.

The number was determined to have been made from an AT&T cell phone registered out of Mountain Home.

Many people who live in the Sharp County area have cellular phones which are not local numbers, so this does not mean the person responsible was not a local resident.

The person who made the call put the lives of emergency workers and their expensive equipment in danger for no apparent reason.

Although no one was harmed, it could easily have been the other way.

Anyone with knowledge of this call or information about it can contact the Ash Flat Police Department.

Any information leading to the arrest of the person responsible will be kept in the strictest confidence.

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