Mena Fire Department was paged out just after noon today to a structure fire on De Queen Street in Mena. Someone attempting to return shipping blankets to Sanders Moving and Storage noticed smoke coming from the two story building and reported it. When firemen first arrived there was only occasional smoke coming from the building. Entry was made through the front of the building, which was locked, and soon afterward large plumes of smoke started coming out of the structure, and eventually large flames consumed it. Firemen prevented the spread to nearby structures, but as a precaution a number of downtown businesses were evacuated. Several firemen were treated on the scene when they became overheated, one was taken to the local hospital for treatment. The heat index in Mena at 3:00 p.m. was 103°. Mena, Potter, Cherry Hill, Ink and Dallas Valley Fire Departments responded, as well as the Mena Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Department, and Southwest EMS. The structure is a total loss and the cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated.
8-7-18 8:18 p.m. kawx.org