Flames quickly engulf structure in Missouri

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Vacant building considered “a total loss”

JOPLIN, MO – Emergency crews responded to a fire in a residential area this morning in Joplin.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. (05/08), authorities were alerted to a possible structure fire at 819 South Jackson Avenue.

When the Joplin Fire Department arrived, crews said the vacant two-story structure was completely engulfed.

“From that moment, we started our operations. We had a successful knockdown, but it happened very quickly. However, our crews have worked very hard and at this time we have mitigated the incident. South Jackson Avenue will be closed for a few more minutes as we continue to review and investigate the fire. Then, of course, we will post more information as it becomes available,” Joplin Fire Department Battalion Chief Dustin Lunow said.

A vacant structure on South Jackson Avenue in Joplin, MO was completely engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived on the scene.

The fire was extinguished around 1:00 p.m. this afternoon and the Joplin Fire Marshal is currently investigating the cause.

No injuries were reported in today’s fire.

The Joplin Fire Department, Joplin Police Department and METS Ambulance all responded to the scene.

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