The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 21, 2012

Carl Junction firefighters respond to two fire alarms

— CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The Carl Junction Fire Department was kept busy Wednesday responding to two fires 15 minutes apart in a city park and at a house outside of town.

Fire Chief Bill Dunn said the first call came in at 12:36 p.m. when a pavilion in Center Creek Park burned after a leaf fire spread to the structure. Dunn said the fire burned the rafters and tables inside the pavilion.

Police Chief Delmar Haase said a boy set some leaves on fire in the park, and the wind spread the fire to the pavilion. The boy was turned over to juvenile authorities, Haase said.

At 12:51 p.m., firefighters were called to a house fire on County Lane 289 when a fire broke out in a back bedroom.

The occupant, Miashell Sorell, and her two young children got out of the house on their own without suffering any injuries, Dunn said. The fire caused extensive damage to the bedroom, living room and kitchen before firefighters put it out. Dunn said the cause of the fire was most likely electrical.

The property is owned by Donna Ritchson.