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A Second Apartment Fire In Joplin - Leaves Neighbors Thinking About Protecting Their Investments

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

    A fire, today, in Joplin.
     The 2nd in as many weeks in the Campbell Parkway neighborhood.
     This one happened at a duplex that sits next to the apartment building that was intentionally set on fire last week.
     Both resulted in more than one family being displaced...which has sparked concerns about family and home protection.

The Wednesday afternoon fire - extinguished in ten minutes, by the elite men and women of the Joplin Fire Department.
And they got there fast - thanks to Dakota Carpenter and his friend Steven - who were cleaning out the apartment destroyed in last week's fire.
They noticed the smoke - evacuated the family - and called for help.
But with two fires in the same neighborhood, it got Carpenter, who lives next door...thinking.
Dakota Carpenter, Joplin Resident: "You need to be prepared for it, I mean, it's something that could happen."
Joplin Emergency Manager Keith Stammer says today's fires can burn upwards of 1,000 degrees hotter than fires of a century ago - thanks to materials in many common household items.
Keith Stammer, Joplin Emergency Manager: "So anytime you get a fire, say, inside an apartment complex, it's going to catch rapidly and it's going to burn rapidly and we try and get here as quickly as we can."
Now - put that heat in a multi-family dwelling, and it can really take off.
That's why many, like Stammer, strongly encourage people to buy renters insurance - and these recent fires, have carpenter, in agreement.
Carpenter: "I think renters insurance should be something everyone starts looking into, because, I mean, these people lost everything, the people over there lost everything."
Stammer says one major factor in multi-family dwellings - is that keyword "multi-family."
Stammer: "Not placing any blame on anybody, but you are living very close to other people, and you really can't control how they live, and so, if they happen to have a fire, even if it's not their fault, you often times can suffer because of it."
While fire damage this time was more controlled, it still left two families without a home, and starting over.
     Today's fire is under investigation.
     Officials do not suspect foul play.

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