The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

November 22, 2012

Apartment building fire in Wheaton kills five

WHEATON, Mo. — Five people, including a 7-year-old child, died early Thursday in a Wheaton apartment building fire that also left 16 people homeless.

The Wheaton Fire Department received the alarm at 3:23 a.m. from the Blue Ridge Apartments on South Hill Street. One of the complex’s two brick buildings was in flames when firefighters arrived from their nearby station, said fire Chief Bob Lombard.

Officials were not releasing the names of the dead, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation, Lombard said. He said the victims were found in two apartments in the building that was destroyed.

“We lost five people,” Lombard said. Two adults and the 7-year-old were found in one apartment, and two other adults were found in a nearby apartment, he said.

The apartment complex was made up of two two-story buildings, with eight apartments per building. The second building was not affected by the fire, but its residents were evacuated for the sake of safety. Lombard said authorities were relatively confident that residents of the second building would be able to return to their apartments at some point Thursday.

One of the apartments in the building that was destroyed was vacant at the time of the fire, Lombard said.

The town of Wheaton opened up its community building for immediate shelter, food and clothing needs of those displaced by the fire, Lombard said.

The area Red Cross organization later arranged for housing for 16 people as a result of the fire. Nigel Holderby, communications director, said by phone from Springfield that volunteers helped place the families.

“We had volunteers on the scene this morning to find a place for each of them,” Holderby said. “All 16 people are in hotels with monetary assistance in addition to food and clothing. Today, of all days, the community wrapped their arms around these families.”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS contributed to this report.

Immediate donation

SOLID ROCK BAPTIST CHURCH in Wheaton made a $1,000 donation Thursday morning to the Red Cross that was earmarked for those displaced by the fire, officials said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Pseudoephedrine sales in Pittsburg to require prescription

    Starting Friday, those who purchase pseudoephedrine and related products in Pittsburg will need a prescription to do so.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Parents can get help with school supplies

    I don’t know much about demographics other than the fact that I no longer belong to a “targeted demographic.” When I was younger, I was bombarded by commercials and ads from companies that were trying to sell me things that I not only needed but wanted.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jasper County Commission reviews traffic plans

    The Jasper County Commission will hold public hearings today and Thursday on a number of traffic changes proposed in the county. No one spoke when the first hearing was held Tuesday as part of the regular commission meeting, according to Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho school board hires company to manage substitutes

    Citing its hopes of shifting health care costs and utilizing more time from retired teachers, the Neosho Board of Education granted a contract Monday to a temporary employee company to manage its substitute teacher program.

    July 22, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

  • Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.

    July 21, 2014

Must Read


A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Do you think those kinds of measures should be taken?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter