The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 22, 2012

Mowing operation sparks grass fire

A city mowing operation accidentally sparked a grass fire Wednesday that burned about an acre and a half of land behind the Target store near where Fourth Street intersects with Seventh Street.

The Joplin Fire Department responded at 1:55 p.m. to a report of a fire that threatened the outbuildings of some homes in the area but did not reach them before firefighters put it out.

A city mowing machine was burned by the fire, but no injuries were reported, according to Battalion Chief Al Resendes. He said the fire is believed to have started when the blade of a mower struck a rock while a city crew was mowing a ditch.

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