The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 27, 2014

Gusty winds noted in Joplin firefighters’ approach to blaze

Gusty winds forced the Joplin Fire Department to adopt a defensive approach to a fire Sunday night that inflicted extensive damage to a home on the city’s south side.

Firefighters answered a 9:54 p.m. call reporting a fire in the attic of a single-story home on South Bedford Place.

Keith Stammer, public information officer for the Fire Department, said winds gusting from 22 to 36 mph forced firefighters to retreat from positions inside the house to outside for safety reasons. No injuries were reported, but the home owned by James Waddell was damaged extensively by fire, smoke and water, Stammer said. Redings Mill firefighters assisted at the scene.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined Monday, Stammer said.

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