Burn, baby burn: Donated houses to be set ablaze

The city of North Little Rock announced on Tuesday that Jenny Gosser Turner had donated two structures that would be used as practice for the Fire Department.

Turner had recently purchased property in Scott with two structures that needed to be razed before the area could be developed.

“It is very rare that we get to actually train on real houses,” said asst. Fire chief Beau Buford. “Every firefighter in North Little Rock will go through this training” some of which will be at night.

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Turner is the daughter of Marianne and the late Dr. Bob Gosser, who was a long-time physician in central Arkansas and the entire family are graduates of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

The structures will be formally donated at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 11 at 1 Gosser Grove, which was formerly known as 325 Brahman Lane and is behind Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

At the event will be members of the Gosser family, North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick, Fire Chief Gerald Tucker among others.

It was also a big week for Turner in other ways, as her daughter, Broadway actress Laura Leigh Turner was featured in a Welcome Back to Broadway advertisement.

Pre-ongoing pandemic, the younger Turner was cast as the lead in Mean Girls, but productions were halted when Broadway went dark.