Update: Mayflower Apt. fire now suspected arson
Mayflower, Ark. (KATV) —
UPDATED STORY: (10/15 10:00 p.m.) The Queen's Manor Apartments in Mayflower is forever changed after what's believed to have been an act of arson destroyed nearly an entire building.
Jeremy Jackson walked out of his apartment in Building A Saturday night to go to the store, to grab some food.
"I was only gone for three minutes," Jackson said.
And in that time, the unthinkable happened.
"I just, I don't know,” said Jackson. “I just broke down, I lost everything."
A fire that started at around 6:30 that night, allegedly in the apartment below his.
"A hole, you see the trees, it's just a hole now but yeah, right there," Jackson said.
A fire that displaced every resident in this building.
"I was on the phone with my momma and I broke down crying,” Robert Jordan, another resident of Building A, said. “Talking about everything I own is up in flames right now."
"I mean, I just lost everything in a blink of an eye because I just walked down those stairs, not even three minutes. It's like it's a dream but I can't seem to wake up," said Jackson.
Faulkner County Sheriff Deputy Matt Rice says they believe the fire was started intentionally.
And while we don't yet know the cause, we do know that the communities of Conway and Mayflower, and the Red Cross, have been assisting those who were displaced by giving them food and clothing, while they wait for the chance to see if there's anything left in their homes.
"I didn't think that was going to happen but there is people that care out there. Maybe one bad apple can't stop the tree," Jackson said.
Fortunately, no one was injured because of last night's fire.
The investigation in to who is responsible and what was the cause is still under investigation.
PREVIOUS STORY: According to our content partners at the Log Cabin Democrat, Residents of Building A at Queens Manor Apartments in Mayflower are displaced after what authorities suspect was an act of arson destroyed the building Saturday night.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office responded to the blaze shortly before 6:30 p.m. as local fire departments worked to extinguish the flames.
Chief Deputy Matt Rice said no injuries were reported Saturday night and that authorities believe arson could be the source of the flames. However, the investigation is ongoing and authorities have not yet confirmed what caused the structure fire.
“No injuries have been reported at this point,” Rice told the Log Cabin Democrat on Saturday. “We suspect this was done intentionally.”