On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 3:30am, Officer Joe Rochelle was patrolling the area of Grand and East 9th Street when he observed a large smoke cloud to the south. Upon investigating, Officer Rochelle, along with Officer Jeremy Gordon, followed the smoke and found a home in the 100 block of Senator fully engulfed in flames.
Upon observing that the home next door was also on fire, Officer Rochelle and Gordon jumped over the fence and attempted to make contact with any possible occupants. After knocking and yelling repeatedly, trying to making contact with anyone from inside, the officers broke out a front window and crawled inside an enclosed screened area, leading to the front door of the residence.
At the front door to the residence Officers were able to make contact with a young boy (7 years of age) and his father, Randy Cook who were still inside the residence and unable to unlock the door. By this time the fire had spread to the porch and the Officers were able to feel the extreme heat of the fire. At that time, the Officers kicked open the front door to the residence. While standing at the front door, Officers were able to observe the inside of the home was beginning to catch on fire. Officer Rochelle grabbed the young boy and brought him outside to Officer Gordon, who carried him to safety. Officer Rochelle went back into the house and helped Cook outside to safety. Cook and his son sustained no injuries during the incident.
The Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department arrived on scene and began an investigation. Please contact Deputy Fire Marshall, Terry Hughes for further information.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer
903-798-3187 (office) 903-824-4199 (cell)