The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

February 13, 2014

Oxygen line ignited by cigarette; wife, husband escape fire

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — A woman accidentally set her medical oxygen line on fire trying to smoke a cigarette Wednesday morning, and the resulting fire extensively damaged the bedroom of her home in Carl Junction, authorities said.

The Carl Junction Fire Department responded to a 4:33 a.m. call reporting a fire at the home of Dale and Janet Whitmer in the 100 block of Temple Street.

“When we got there, fire was pouring out the whole back end of the house,” fire Chief Bill Dunn said.

Dunn said the Whitmers escaped without serious injury, although Janet Whitmer was taken to a Joplin hospital to be checked out. Dunn said she told firefighters that her oxygen line caught on fire as she was smoking a cigarette.

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