The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

September 4, 2012

Police suspect arson as cause in two fires

A fire that destroyed a house Monday night in the 300 block of North McCoy Avenue is being investigated by the Joplin police and fire departments as a suspected case of arson.

Battalion Chief Tim Woodward of the Joplin Fire Department said the attic of the single-story house was in flames when firefighters responding to a call at 7:33 p.m. arrived on the scene.

Jacqueline K. Spencer, the owner and occupant of the residence, was gone at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported, Woodward said. He said the cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday.

A Joplin Police Department report said the fire is being treated as a suspected case of arson.

A fire Saturday morning that burned the garage of a home in the 500 block of North Sergeant Avenue also remains under investigation as a suspected case of arson.

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