UPDATE: Victim in El Dorado house fire identified

EL DORADO, Ark.-- - UPDATE:

The victim of an El Dorado house fire has been identified.

Nancy Rodgers reportedly died after the fire that happened Tuesday afternoon around 6:00 p.m.

Her mother, Carol Rodgers, survived.

The Fire Department confirms that there was also a small dog found dead at the scene.

Fire Officials later buried it in the backyard.

Officials confirm that this was an accidental fire, but the initial cause has not been determined.

 

ORIGINAL:

Boards cover the windows and soot fills the porch at 413 Georgia Street representing the fire that officials say took over the house.

"It occurred we believe in the front bedroom of the residence which is where one of the victims was actually at at the time of the fire," Captain Kevin Holt, El Dorado Police Department said.

The call came in around 6:00 p.m., and when officials arrived the house was in flames.

Fire officials say family members and neighbors tried to save the victims.

"According to bystander accounts, both victims were helped out of the house by neighbors and family members," said Chief Chad Mosby, El Dorado Fire Department.

Police confirm two women were in the house that afternoon, both sustaining injuries.

They say one victim had burns to her hands and the other burned severely.

One was taken to a local hospital and the other airlifted.

Fire Chief, Chad Mosby, says that they were fully staffed at the time of the fire and getting there was the least of their issues.

"Our response time from the initial to the time the unit was first on the scene was right at five minutes," said Mosby.

In times like these, officials say it is always important to keep simple rules in mind.

"We also want to caution people it's cooler," said Captain Holt. "With people using space heaters, electric space heaters, gas heaters to make sure they use caution."

He says to remember three simple steps.

Stop, drop and roll.
 


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