Duplex fire in the Leonard Park neighborhood of Joplin

The Joplin Fire Marshal was summoned to investigate at 409 S Ozark

JOPLIN, Mo. – Late Friday night at 11:55 p.m., reports of a passerby seeing flames at a residence in the Joplin Housing Authority complex alerted Joplin 911 Dispatch.

Joplin Fire, Joplin Police and METS Ambulance responded to a fire at Duplex, 409 South Ozark.

Upon arrival, the first unit observed “thick smoke and flames”, as the fire had broken through the roof.

On one side of the duplex, no one was home. On the other side, a grown man, in a wheelchair, was rescued from the residence.

The active fire was brought under control quickly, but extensive damage and hot spots necessitated a lengthy structural overhaul.

We are told the fire originated in one unit, entered the common space in the attic above, and then entered the second unit as well.

Battalion Chief John Smith tells us Joplin Fire Marshal Dale Brooks is responding to the scene for an investigation.

The Red Cross has been contacted to help a displaced adult man.

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