Duplex fire in Joplin’s Leonard Park Neighborhood

The Joplin Fire Marshal was summoned for investigation to 409 S Ozark
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JOPLIN, Mo. — Late Friday night 11:55 p.m. reports from a passerby who saw flames at a residence in the Joplin Housing Authority Complex alerted Joplin 911 Dispatch.

Joplin Fire, Joplin Police and METS ambulance responded to a duplex fire, 409 South Ozark.

Upon arrival first unit observed, “heavy smoke and flames showing,” as fire had broken through the roof.

One side of the duplex, no one was home. The other side an adult male, wheelchair bound, was rescued from the residence.

The active fire was under control quickly but extensive damage and hot spots required lengthy overhaul of the structure.

We are told fire originated in one unit, entered the common space in the attic above and then also entered the second unit.

Battalion Chief John Smith tells us Joplin Fire Marshal Dale Brooks is responding to the scene for investigation.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist one adult male who was displaced.

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