At 7:55 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, Hot Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 100 Cypress Alley and Silver Street. Upon arrival at the scene, HSFD Engine 1 found a working Fire at 115 Wade Street, Apartment 8. The crew of Engine 1 immediately forced open the front door and began a systematic search of the structure. The firefighters quickly located and removed the first victim. Almost simultaneously, the crew of Truck 5 found and removed a second victim. Firefighters initiated CPR on the two victims while fire suppression operations continued. Both occupants died as a result of the fire.
The fire was quickly extinguished. Fire damage was confined to the apartment of origin. Light smoke damage was sustained by adjacent apartments.