The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

October 28, 2012

House-fire cause remains elusive; no injuries cited

The cause of a Sunday morning fire at a home in a south Joplin neighborhood remained undetermined late in the afternoon, according to the Joplin Fire Department.

Battalion Chief Jim Furgerson said fire crews responded at 11:43 a.m. Sunday to an address in the 2400 block of Lockewood Drive to find a blaze in the attic of the home, which is owned by Steve Graddy.

The fire was out by 2:18 p.m. and was confined to the attic, but it had burned through the entire roof, Furgerson said.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported, he said.

Furgerson said firefighters were still looking for the cause and specific origin of the fire as of 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

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