FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 02, 2017
SUBJECT: Structure Fire at 112 S Byers
CONTACT: Keith Stammer, Joplin Fire Department
The Joplin Fire Department responded to a reported smell of smoke at 112 S Byers on Wednesday, 01 March, at 10:23 PM. The first crew arrived at 10:26 PM and did smell smoke but was unable to locate the source. They could hear a smoke detector going off, which led them to a 4-plex apartment. Crews entered an apartment via a rear door which was open. Crews found a small fire visible on the first floor kitchen area. The fire was quickly extinguished and an exhaust fan was used to remove smoke from the apartment. Crews remained on scene 1:20 AM.
The apartment was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighting crews.
The fire department responded with 6 apparatus and 18 personnel and was assisted by the Joplin Police Department and METS Ambulance Service.
The fire was found to be incendiary in nature and remains under investigation.