The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 29, 2013

Home destroyed in rural area of Newton County

A fire Saturday night destroyed a residence on Goldfinch Road in Newton County, according to the Redings Mill Fire Department.

Firefighters from Redings Mill, Neosho and the Seneca city and rural fire protection district departments responded at 10:16 p.m. to a report of a fire at the home of Marvin and Michelle White.

Deputy Chief Michael White (no relation) of the Redings Mill Fire Department said the residence was in flames when firefighters arrived. The occupants were not home at the time, and no injuries were reported, he said.

The deputy fire chief said the cause of the fire remains undetermined, but it is believed to have started in the kitchen of the home. The occupants were being assisted by family members in finding shelter in the aftermath, he said.

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