The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 19, 2014

Fire damages rural home

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — A state fire investigator has determined that the cause of a fire that damaged a home west of Joplin on Monday was accidental.

The Carl Junction Fire Department responded at 5:45 p.m. to the fire on Belle Center Road and was able to confine fire damage to a bedroom on the west side of the house, although there was smoke damage throughout the residence.

Fire Chief Bill Dunn said the occupants of the rental house were gone at the time, and no injuries were reported. Dunn said there was reason to believe that the fire may have been smoking-related. The property is owned by Betty Magers.

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