Joplin Ave. house fire ruled arson by Joplin fire officials

Joplin fire truck

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Fire Department says the cause of a house fire Monday night has been ruled arson.

The fire happened on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Joplin firefighters responded to a report of a possible structure fire at 2102 S. Joplin Ave at 7:49 p.m.

According to the Fire Department, the first crew arrived at 7:52 p.m. to find a two-story wood framed structure with fire coming from a window. Crews entered the structure and extinguished the fire.  They remained on scene until 10:44 p.m.

The Joplin Fire Department responded with 6 units and 17 personnel. The Fire Department was assisted by METS Ambulance Service and the Joplin Police Department.

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighting personnel.

Fire officials ruled the cause of the fire as “incendiary.” Fire Chief James Furgerson says there was an obvious point of origin.

The home was vacant at the time of the fire and was undergoing renovations.