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Fire breaks out at Best Western in Clarksville

KFSM Fort Smith logo KFSM Fort Smith 7/29/2022 5NEWS Web Staff

Emergency crews are working to control a fire at Best Western Motel in Clarksville.

The fire happened in the afternoon of Friday, July 29.

The Clarksville Police Department asks everyone to stay clear of South Rogers Street.

The Johnson County Sheriff says deputies kicked in many doors at the motel to make sure no one was inside. The housekeeping staff quickly let them know which rooms were occupied so they could get people out. 

The sheriff says there weren't many people at the motel since it was a time of day when most were checked out. 

No injuries have been reported at this time, just exhausted firefighters. 

The sheriff says a back wall has fallen into the pool, which will be a busy scene for many hours.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Clarksville Fire Department released a statement that read: 

"On July 29th, 2022, at approximately 2:20 p.m. the Clarksville Fire Department was dispatched to 1207 South Rogers (Best Western) for a structure fire. The fire department observed smoke and flames coming from the south roof upon their arrival. The fire department was advised by local law enforcement that the structure had been cleared of all occupants. Clarksville Fire Dept. began an offensive attack. Fire growth became such that fire personnel switched to defensive operations, and utilized mutual aid from Lamar Fire Dept., Johnson Co. Rural Fire Dept. #1, and Johnson Co. Rural Dept. #2. After the fire was brought under control, Clarksville Fire Command released all mutual aid units from the incident. Clarksville Fire will remain on scene and continue overhaul operations."

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