A Friday, Jan. 11 house fire on East Cope Street in Hardy claimed the life of Partricia Arms, 67.
Firefighters from the Hardy Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the afternoon fire and found heavy black smoke coming from many areas of the home. According to Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose, one of Arms' neighbors yelled and knocked on the doors of the home to get Arms' attention when the fire was discovered but she never responded.
A number of firefighters made entrance into the home, and Arms' body was found in the living room area of the home. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Arms' body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Little Rock for an autopsy. Rose said investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen area, which is located in the center of the home.
One of the first responders to the fire received a cut on his arm and hand when he entered the building. He was sent to a Pocahontas hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.