Explosions heard in Joplin fire, crews remain on scene
The Joplin Fire Department responded to a fire at Triple R Recycling shortly before 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 (510 S Tyler Ave). Police closed several roads in the area to allow crews to fight the fire.
The Joplin Police Department says multiple explosions from the fire were heard across town, resulting in additional 911 calls from concerned residents. Joplin Deputy Fire Chief Andy Nimmo says large barrels of aluminum powder could have caused the explosions.
Crews made a defensive attack due to the advancement of the fire and presence of hazardous materials inside the building.
Fire officials remain on scene, monitoring and extinguishing remaining smoldering material (as of noon on Sept. 20). They are still working to determine a cause.
One firefighter was treated and released for heat exhaustion.
Two additional structure fire responses were made while the Triple R Recycling fire was going on:
“At 10:28pm, Engine 4C, Rescue 4C, Webb City Fire and Redings Mill Fire responded to 1000 E. Valley for a reported structure fire. On arrival, personnel found a single family residence with the front porch well involved in fire. The fire was extinguished before it extended into the interior of the structure. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
At 10:47 pm, Engine 4C, reserve Engine 1, Rescue 4C, and Redings Mill fire responded to 132 S. St. Louis for a reported structure fire. On arrival, personnel found heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of a vacant single family residence. Personnel made an aggressive attack on the fire and was able to place it under control in less than 20 minutes. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.”