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PHOTOS: Family of 4 escaped blaze that destroyed central Arkansas home, fire chief says

By Jaime Dunaway

This article was published June 21, 2018 at 4:04 p.m.

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A home in the 10000 block Short Marche Road of Maumelle was destroyed in a fire Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

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No one was hurt Wednesday evening when a fire engulfed a Maumelle house with a family of four still inside, the Oak Grove Fire Department chief said.

Chief Miles McDonnell said a neighbor knocked on the door to alert the two adults and two children, and they were able to escape the two-story house safely.

Firefighters responded at 6 p.m. to the home in the 10000 block Short Marche Road and battled the blaze for about four hours, according to the fire department. Fire crews returned to the scene multiple times Thursday to extinguish smoldering remains.

"It was such a large fire by the time we got there that we were just putting out hot spots for several hours," McDonnell said.

The chief described the building as a complete loss.

The blaze did not spread to surrounding buildings, but several structures sustained significant heat damage, according to the fire department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters think it started in the front portion of the house where the heaviest damage was located.

No foul play is suspected.

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RagdollMama says... June 22, 2018 at 4:08 a.m.

When did Maumelle annex Short Marche Rd.? I’ve lived in Maumelle for 30 years and I’ve never heard that North Little Rock has let us annex across the interstate that far. And Maumelle doesn’t extend wholly down the Boulevard to the interstate from our city limits northwest of Christian Brothers like some people think (and some businesses claim). It’s hit and miss in parts.
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