Fire kills man and woman in Pope County

POPE COUNTY (KATV) - Police are investigating a Fourth of July favorite as the potential cause of a deadly fire that claimed two lives. It happened early Saturday morning in Dover.

It was a fire that officials say was too large and hot for firefighters to do anything for the victims who some believe were trapped inside.

"It's just a terrible accident," said Aaron DuVall, Pope County Sheriff.

An accident authorities say led to the deaths of a man in his 30's and a woman in her 40's. The fire broke out around one in the morning behind this home. Channel 7 was not allowed on the private property to get video. Officials believe the victims may have been trapped inside.

"From all indications in talking to people that were just talking to them by phone they were not sleeping," said DuVall.

DuVall says firefighters couldn't do much else except keep the flames from spreading.

"It had already started to engulf the building," he said. "By the time the fire department arrived up there they were just trying to contain that area and the house that was in front of it."

DuVall says there is no indication of foul play and although they are still at the beginning of the investigation there is one thing they are looking at closely.

"There's been some talks that there were some fireworks inside of the building," he said. "Whether that had anything to do with it, we just don't know."

The investigation is being handled by Pope County and Arkansas State Police. It is still ongoing so officials are also considering other possible causes. They are also working on identifying these victims and notifying relatives before releasing their names.