Cause un­known in historic house’s fire

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - BILL BOW­DEN

Fayet­teville’s Fire Depart­ment can’t de­ter­mine the cause of a fire that de­stroyed a for­mer home of for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton on June 8.

“It is of­fi­cially clas­si­fied as un­de­ter­mined,” said Brian Sloat, deputy fire mar­shal in Fayet­teville. “The area of ori­gin was def­i­nitely in the car­port area, but we don’t know what out there caused the fire.”

Sloat said the depart­ment has com­pleted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fire.

The one-bed­room house at 6725 Huntsville Road is owned by Stephanie and Robert Dzur of Al­bu­querque, N.M. Both are alumni of the Univer­sity of Arkansas.

Stephanie Dzur said the house is too dam­aged to re­pair and will have to be torn down.

The for­mer pres­i­dent lived in the house from 197375, when he taught law at the univer­sity.

More re­cently, Stephanie Dzur’s fa­ther, Joe Bro­dacz, was liv­ing in the house and es­caped the fire with his dog.

Robert Dzur said Bro­dacz’s Ford Ex­plorer was parked in the car­port when the fire oc­curred.

The house was de­signed by ar­chi­tect E. Fay Jones of Fayet­teville for Adrian and Marie Fletcher. It was built in 1957 and is listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of Historic Places.

Jones won the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­ture’s Gold Medal in 1990. The ar­chi­tec­ture school at UA is named for him.

The Fletcher house isn’t “the” Fayet­teville house that comes to mind when most peo­ple think of Clin­ton. Clin­ton bought a one-bed­room house at 930 Cal­i­for­nia Drive in 1975.

Clin­ton and Hil­lary Rod­ham were mar­ried in the Cal­i­for­nia Drive house and be­gan their life as a fam­ily there.

That build­ing now serves as the Clin­ton House Mu­seum.

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