The Alpen Dorf Motel Fire
At 11:40 A.M. on May 18, 2011, firefighters were dispatched to the old Alpen Dorf Motel at 6554 Hwy 62 W. for a motel unit on fire. The motel was located about three miles east of Eureka Springs. Callers to 911 advised that the fire was through the roof. There are no fire hydrants that far out of town and numerous tanker trucks were requested from several fire departments. Upon arrival the first engine crew found the east building of the old Alpen Dorf Motel fully involved and burning through the roof. Defensive operations ensued to protect the offices and second motel wing. Mutual aid was requested and help responded from Berryville and Holiday Island. Multiple tanker loads were delivered and fire was eventually brought under control late in the afternoon. 24 Eureka Springs firemen responded to the scene.