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November 16, 2013

One person injured in early morning Joplin house fire

JOPLIN, Mo. — One person was injured in an early-morning house fire in Joplin today, according to the Joplin Fire Department. A second person had to be rescued by firefighters.

The fire was reported at 1:26 a.m. at a home at 103 N. Wall owned by Charles Ziulkowski. It is a former single-family home that had been converted into four apartments, according to the fire department.

Each apartment was occupied at the time, but no information was provided by the fire department on the number of tenants in the building at the time.

According a statement from Mitch Randles, Joplin fire chief, the building was engulfed with heavy fire and smoke when firefighters arrived, and they used ladders to rescue one of the occupants from a second-story apartment.

One occupant of the home was taken to Freeman Health System by ambulance with unspecified injuries. The identity and condition of the victim are not available.

There were no injuries to fire personnel.

The fire was under control within 40 minutes and was declared out just before 3 a.m.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, according to the statement, and the home is severely damaged and considered uninhabitable.

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