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Hwy. 365 Structure Fire

Photos by Michael Cossey

15 October 2004 Structure Fire
Even before Maumelle fire and public safety units arrived on scene to investigate a report of a possible structure fire, they could see the heavy smoke pouring out of the I-40 Family Restaurant at 20705 Hwy. 365. Shortly after Maumelle's Engine 1 arrival on scene at 9:55 pm, fire broke through the roof in the rear of the structure. The first crew of firefighters inside found that fire had extended into the attic space above the kitchen area and was running the entire width of the restaurant.

15 October 2004 Structure Fire
The structure (above) was divided into three sections -- the metal-frame dining room, a wood-frame kitchen as well as a pantry. An agressive interior attack contained the heaviest volume of fire to the kitchen area (below).
15 October 2004 Structure Fire

15 October 2004 Structure Fire
Photo by Drew Nichols

The I-40 Restaurant fire occured during Engineer Charles Watson's (left) final tour as a member of C-Shift. Watson and Engineer Michael Cossey (center) were paired together on C-shift when the Department of Public Safety's fire division first organized two-person shifts in October 2003.

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