Account established to help Rector family after fire
A special account has been established at Liberty Bank in Rector for Rhonda Lee Jones and Robin Parrish, who lost their home and belongings in a fire Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 460 County Road 406 west of Rector.
Parrish and an infant were in the house when the fire began, and Parrish was treated by emergency medical personnel for burns on her arms and head sustained as she escaped from the dwelling. The child was not injured.
Parrish told firefighters she was awakened by the child and discovered the house was filled with smoke. She noted the fire seemed to be in the attic.
The Rector fire department was called to the home at 1:25 p.m. Firemen noted heavy smoke was visible as they left the station and called the Marmaduke and Greenway fire departments for backup.
The house was fully involved in flames and the roof already had collapsed into the main part of the house when firefighters arrived. Parrish told firemen the residence was struck by lightning about a month ago and damaged some wiring, which had since been repaired.
Firemen worked at the scene for about two hours to be sure the fire was contained and did not spread to the nearby wooded area.
Those who wish to make contributions may take them to Liberty Bank or mail to: Rhonda Lee Jones Special Account, c/o Liberty Bank of Arkansas, 801 East Ninth Street, P.O. Box 6, Rector AR 72461.