The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 23, 2013

Police probing fire at house as suspicious

A fire that caused extensive damage to a vacant home last week is being investigated by Joplin police as suspicious.

Police Lt. Matt Stewart said the fire at a house in the 2000 block of South Empire Avenue was suspicious because utilities were not turned on at the residence.

The fire, which was reported at 5:54 p.m. Friday, caused heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the house, which is owned by Sam Partlow, according to Joplin fire Chief Mitch Randles. It also melted some siding on the residence next door, Randles said.

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