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Garage apartment fire in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Just before 9:00 a.m. Joplin Dispatch was alerted to reports of a structure fire in the Blendville neighborhood. A garage/apartment on the alley in the 1300 block of S Byers.

Joplin Fire, Joplin Police and METS ambulance responded to 1314 S Byers.


Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.