Mayflower and Pine Village Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a "controlled fire gone out of control" at 22 Sullivan Road in Mayflower on Friday evening after a young male attempted to burn trash.

Mayflower Fire Chief Carl Rossini said residents did not call for assistance until the grass fire began to threaten the three structures on the property, two mobile homes and a storage facility.

The storage facility was destroyed by fire before the Mayflower Fire Department arrived on scene.

Rossini said firefighters extinguished flames that were immediately threatening one of the two mobile homes and had to leave the area to refill the engine’s water reservoir.

In waiting, residents attempted to control the barrier between the fire and the two mobile homes with shovels and bottled water.

Pine Village firefighters arrived with mule packs, walked the fire’s perimeter and extinguished flames near the homes.

"One truck was filling up, and I went to get the big tanker. In the mean time, Pine Village was working until I got back," Rossini said.

At press time, the Arkansas Forestry Commission had secured a "fire break" around the six-acre fire.

"The Forestry is still out here and we’re trying to make everything safe, Rossini said. "Right now, we’re getting the hot spots. We’ll probably be here for a while." 

According to Rossini, Faulkner County has been under a burn ban since 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

"As soon as I got the call about the ban, we loaded our truck with signs and put them up around town," Rossini said.

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