The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 2, 2013

Electrical cause suspected in fire at rural home

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A Friday morning fire that caused extensive damage to a residence about four miles west of Carthage may have been electrical in origin, according to the Carthage Fire Department.

The Carthage, Oronogo and Carterville fire departments responded to the 9:34 a.m. call to County Road 193. Capt. Kendall Terry of the Carthage Fire Department said flames were leaping out windows on the second floor of the two-story home when crews arrived.

Terry said the occupants of the house were able to get out on their own, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters rescued a pet dog, he said.

Fire damage was confined to the second floor, but there was heat and smoke damage throughout the house, Terry said.

He said the fire was determined to be accidental and that an electrical cause was suspected.

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