About 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 27, 2023, reports of smoke in the area of 3rd and S Pearl alerted Joplin Emergency 911.
Joplin Fire, Joplin Police and METS ambulance responded.
First officer on scene to, 221 S Pearl, told us he saw smoke as he arrived, which quickly turned to black smoke. It’s a two-story wood framed upstairs/downstairs duplex. Upstairs was unoccupied.
With Joplin Fire Ladder 1 located 3 blocks away, they were on scene in minutes.
Fire was under control and water was hitting hot spots during our live video of the event which was 20 minutes after the initial call.
No residence was on scene. No firefighters were injured fighting the fire.
We talked to Joplin Fire investigators at the scene and learn this is an active investigation.
KOAM-TV CBS 7 Joplin
VIDEO: Fire crews narrowly escaped a head-on collision on a rural Missouri highway Friday afternoon.
According to the Ebenezer Fire Protection District, the fire truck was traveling north on H Highway just north of State Highway AA after the crew had responded to a medical call.
The fire district says the truck was traveling 53 mph in a 55 mph zone when a car passing traffic in the opposite lane nearly hit the fire truck. In a video posted by the district, you can hear tires screeching.
KYTV NBC 3 Springfield
Gary Fehr is one of many in the Ozarks who, in the last 72 hours, needed to be rescued from raging flood waters.
He was driving to a construction job in Sparta, Mo., when he says his truck started to move downstream.
“I’m watching the water just coming up inches in ten seconds time, so I realized I gotta get out,” said Fehr. “I saw what looked like some water in the road. But it just didn’t, you know, I could see all the signs, there are no parking signs. And all along there, I could see everything, and it just didn’t seem like a big deal.”
But Fehr’s truck tells a different story, recovered early Saturday morning. Parts of it, like the glove box and center console, hold some raging currents that nearly claimed his life.
“I’m just watching the water coming up, and I, at that point, I’m thinking, I know it’s not good odds to jump in,” said Fehr.
KYTV NBC 3 Springfield
Residents in Carthage got a hand up in house fire prevention, today.
The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri partnered up with the Carthage Fire Department to provide and install free smoke alarms for those in need of them.
The alarms were provided by the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri as a part of its National Sound the Alarm campaign.
Not only did the fire department install the alarms, they also provided fire escape plans for families, unique to each house.
Since July 1st of last year, the Red Cross of Southern Missouri has responded to more than 1,200 house fires, assisting of 4,000 people with recovery needs.
Just today, 88 smoke alarms were installed in 29 Carthage homes.
“House fires are the largest the number one disaster that the American Red Cross responds to nearly every night here in southern Missouri.
KODE-TV ABC 12 Joplin