Flames swept a rural Enfield home Saturday afternoon destroying the structure and killing multiple animals. Enfield Fire Chief Jim Bolin tells WRUL.com News a good Samaritan called in the home fire from 525 County Road 1600 North near Bethel Church at 4:38pm. The individual approached the home seeing smoke billowing and thought he heard scratching at the door.
Multiple departments from Enfield, Norris City and Carmi descended on the blaze and were concerned there was a child inside. Crews immediately began a search and rescue effort in order to try and extricate any persons still inside. Fortunately, no human life was lost and the only occupants of the residence at the time of the fire were pets. Two of the dogs belonging to Russell and Donna Dremann were successfully rescued. Sadly, one dog wasn’t able to be saved and up to 5 cats either perished or haven’t been located still.
Chief Bolin says the fire took longer to put out because of the search and rescue effort took precedence before firefighters were able to directly battle the flames with water. More bad news, the Chief says the home is a total loss and we’ve been notified that homeowners Russell and Donna Dremann didn’t have insurance to cover the loss.
Stay with WRUL on air and online for further developments and any efforts to assist the family in the coming days.