Little Rock Fire Department stretched thin Friday

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The Little Rock Fire Department was stretched thin, Friday, January 25. In the evening, firefighters were dispatched to three separate fires within 19-minutes of each other.

The first call came in at 9:11 p.m. It happened at Stonecrest Apartments on Baseline road. You may remember these apartments; the city says they weren't up to code citing safety and health concerns. The complex should have been cleared out as of Friday, but it wasn't.

A Little Rock Fire Department spokesperson told Channel Seven, "We had a report that apartment complex was supposed to be vacant. There were occupants in the apartment building. We had one apartment totally destroyed and we've shut the power and gas off to that unit."

Thankfully, despite the residents still there, no one was injured.

Only 17 minutes later the fire station got another call. This one at Valley Drive and Geyer Springs Road.

Just two minutes after that, a third fire at a home on Redwood. The house was a total loss and it caught the house next door on fire. No one was injured, but the home where the fire started was a total loss.

Three fires in less than 20 minutes had the station in need of backup. "We're doing fill-ins from West Little Rock and the downtown area, and at one point we had 20 units out."

At one point half of the units in the city were dispatched to the different locations. All three fires appear to be accidental.