Big Fire Hits Small Arkansas Town; Arson Suspected Cause

Big Fire Hits Small Arkansas Town; Arson Suspected Cause

Arkansas State fire investigators will head to Joiner on Wednesday, as a community tries to figure out what sparked a fire that claimed a church and laundromat, and damaged the town's police station.
JOINER, AR (abc24.com) - Arkansas State fire investigators will head to Joiner on Wednesday, as a community tries to figure out what sparked a fire that claimed a church and laundromat, and damaged the town's police station.

"It looked like half of Joiner was burning," said Brenda Edangs. "I come out I saw smoke, came back in looked like all that up there was on fire."

The fire started around 5:30 a.m. Mayor Sissia Winford-Ross said it appears the fire started in the church, and spread to the laundromat.

"Upset a lot of folks here in the town, it is upsetting me as Mayor," Winford-Ross said.

The Mayor says it appears a fire wall prevented the fire from wiping away the police station. She said it suffered water and fire damage.

On Tuesday evening, the building was still smoldering.

"Another loss, I mean we have lost enough, but that's just some of the old buildings," Edangs said.

"I am hoping it may be electrical wiring or something," Mayor Winford-Ross said. "I would hate to know that there was actually an arson fire in our town."

She says arson is a possible cause since the fire appears to have started in the church, which did not have working utilities.

"That upsets us all when things like that happen. We don't know who possibly could do something like that. Not here in our town," the Mayor said.
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