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Crews Fight Structure Fire in Joplin, No Injuries

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Update (3/22):  The Joplin Fire Marshal has determined the fire to be incendiary in nature, and it is still under investigation with the assistance of the Joplin Police Department.

According to the JFD, it took crews approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control and took more than four hours to completely extinguish.

The Fire Department responded with 7 units and 19 personnel and were assisted by the Joplin Police Department and METS Ambulance Service.

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The Joplin Fire Department fights an early morning fire in Joplin.

Fire crews were initially called to a grass fire around 6:30 this morning (March 22), but upgraded it to a structure fire.  The owner of the building at 1201 Byers Avenue, Bob Wiggins, says there's manufacturing equipment inside along with a big boat and several antique cars, including two corvettes. He says it isn't insured.

JFD Battalion Chief Gary Nolan says firefighters faced several challenges in putting out the fire, including lack of access. The structure is off the main road so hoses had to be stretched. Joplin Police blocked off several streets to protect supply lines.

The Joplin Fire Marshall is investigating.

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