The Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department is investigating two business blazes and a house fire Monday, June 22. Three firefighters were treated and released at the hospital for heat exhaustion, according to a news release.
Crews were working until 8:28 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, on the fire at Planters Cotton Oil Mill, 2901 Planters Drive. Fire crews were dispatched to the business structure fire at 11:34 p.m. Monday.
Upon arrival, there was smoke coming from the Bale Press building used to store cotton seed. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Two firefighters were transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for heat exhaustion, where both were treated and released, according to the news release.
At 4 p.m. Monday, fire crews were dispatched to a fire at Valley Innovative Services, formerly Big Banjo restaurant, 1620 S. Nebraska St.
“Upon arrival, the structure had flames coming through the middle of the roof from the second floor. The Arkansas Department of Health was contacted due to the building being occupied by a food distributor,” according to the release.
One firefighter was taken to Jefferson Regional for heat exhaustion and was treated and released. The blaze was cleared at 8:10 p.m. and the cause remains under investigation.
Also Monday, at 4:01 p.m. fire crews were dispatched to 1517 S. Elm St. for a residential structure fire. When they arrived on scene, firefighters reported that the structure had heavy smoke showing and flames were visible from the back of the house. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire was cleared at 7:43 p.m., according to the release.