The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

December 6, 2013

Fire destroys home in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — An electrical failure is believed to have caused a fire early today that destroyed a rental home at 436 N. Main St. in Joplin.

The Joplin Fire Department responded to a 2:58 a.m. report of the fire in the single-story home owned by James Krudwig, of Webb City, and occupied by Terrence Boaz.

Keith Stammer, public information officer for the Fire Department, said when firefighters first arrived on the scene and encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the residence, they were told that two people might be inside. That proved not to be the case, and no injuries were reported, Stammer said.

Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control by 3:51 a.m. and extinguish all flames by 6:11 a.m., but the house is deemed a total loss. The Southwest Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross was on the scene to render assistance to the occupants.


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