Update (July 18, 1:17 p.m.):
HOT SPRINGS, AR - Sergeant Roy Williams was released from the hospital yesterday and is resting comfortably with family after receiving 1st and 2nd degree burns from fire at Village Square Apartments on Wednesday.
Williams lives in the apartments and assisted crews with evacuating the building.
Update (3:50 p.m.):
HOT SPRINGS, AR - An early morning apartment building fire has destroyed 24 units.
It broke out around 4:15 at the Village Square Apartments, 200 Lakeland Drive.
The Red Cross says it's providing support for food, clothing and critical medication for those displaced, with the addition of emergency stay in hotels for 14 families totaling 30 individuals. Casework will continue with the remaining 15 residents to meet their emergency needs.
“22 of the 24 units were occupied,’ said Brigette Williams, Communications Officer for the American Red Cross in Arkansas. “If there is a small silver lining, it’s that the apartment management required renter’s insurance, which will provide additional help towards recovery.”
There was one injury in the fire. Authorities say patrol Sgt. Roy Williams with the Garland County Sheriff's Office suffered burns in the blaze. Williams, who also lives at the complex, was on-duty working patrol and responded to the fire scene, helping evacuate some of the residents.
Original story (8:00 a.m.):
HOT SPRINGS, AR -- Authorities report a sergeant with the Garland County Sheriff's Office has been injured while working an early morning apartment fire.
Around 4:15 this morning crews were called to the Village Square Apartments on Lakeland Drive where building C was on fire.
Garland County Patrol Sergeant Roy Williams lives in the apartments and assisted crews with evacuating the building.
Authorities say a portion of the burning ceiling collapsed on Sergeant Williams. He received 1st and 2nd degree burns to the top of his head, arm and hand.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.