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Update: House fire claims life of Conway man

Off-duty fire office spotted blaze

Posted: March 25, 2012 - 10:21pm
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Final update:

Tom Southerland, 63, of Conway, died from injuries sustained in a house fire Sunday night at 3385 Arkansas 25 near Blaney Hill Road, authorities said.

The fire was discovered around 8 o’clock. Pulaski County Coroner Gerome Hobbs said Southerland died just after midnight from multiple burns.

Southerland was first taken to Conway Regional Medical Center. He was then transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital at Little Rock, where he died, authorities said.

Capt. Phil Kirkland, an off-duty Conway fire officer, spotted the fire while he was on his way home.

“We’ve had several calls for this (Southerland) address recently and (Kirkland) happened to glance over there out of habit,” Fire Chief Bart Castleberry said. “He noticed fire in the living room window and in the attic.”

Castleberry said Kirkland saw a woman standing on the porch asked her to move to safety. The woman, whom authorities did not identify, told Kirkland that Southerland was inside the residence.

“At that time, Conway (police) arrived and escorted her off of the porch and away from the fire,” Castleberry said.

The woman was not injured, authorities said.

La Tresha Woodruff, Conway police public information officer, said the department is not conducting a criminal investigation.

Conway Fire Marshal Kenny Weidower said the cause of the fire was still under investigation late Monday.

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by e-mail at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)

 

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sonicstring
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sonicstring 03/26/12 - 09:10 am
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I've spoken (via Facebook)

with a friend who lives in this area and unless she and I have our wires crossed this is much more serious than it sounds. I'm not going to mention any names or outcomes due to the possibility of relatives reading this.

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peanut2 03/26/12 - 02:15 pm
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It is serious cause he lost

It is serious cause he lost his life. :( I know him very
well and pray for his family!

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Courtney Spradlin 03/26/12 - 09:53 am
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Waiting on the release of the

Waiting on the release of the name. We'll have an update shortly.

peanut2
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peanut2 03/26/12 - 02:12 pm
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This is my neighbor! I will

This is my neighbor! I will not say his name because his
mother doesn't know yet but may he rest in peace.

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riceboy 03/26/12 - 02:59 pm
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No more pain

Well, sorry to hear this. The man will no longer suffer any more pain in this world.

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braydin 03/26/12 - 07:20 pm
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Tom and Lori Sutherland

The husband and wife couple were regulars for years at the VFW in Conway. Tom was an amazing man. May he rest in peace in Heaven with the Lord. May Lori's heart be healed from this dramatic loss. I don't doubt that she wanted to stay with him, which is why she was ushered to safety. They were always together, and had many friends at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 2259 in Conway. Tom was not a big drinker, just a beer every now and again. They came up almost daily at one point to each lunch and enjoy the company of others. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.
~Kell and Brandi Richardson

braydin
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braydin 03/26/12 - 07:21 pm
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Tom and Lori Sutherland

The husband and wife couple were regulars for years at the VFW in Conway. Tom was an amazing man. May he rest in peace in Heaven with the Lord. May Lori's heart be healed from this dramatic loss. I don't doubt that she wanted to stay with him, which is why she was ushered to safety. They were always together, and had many friends at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 2259 in Conway. Tom was not a big drinker, just a beer every now and again. They came up almost daily at one point to each lunch and enjoy the company of others. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.
~Kell and Brandi Richardson

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arc50 03/26/12 - 08:02 pm
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I live down blaney hill road

I live down blaney hill road and never knew anyone but the old lady was living there.

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sonicstring 03/27/12 - 07:20 am
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Tragic indeed.

I encourage everyone to install and maintain smoke detectors. A few seconds can make all the difference in the world.
Sounds like a really nice couple. So sad for this to happen.

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