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Structure Fire Temporarily Blocks 20th Street

Crews block off 20th Street in Joplin in response to an afternoon fire.
JOPLIN, MO -- Crews block off 20th Street in Joplin in response to an afternoon fire.

The Joplin Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 712 West 20th Street just after 2:30. Crews were on the scene just minutes after the blaze broke out. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from a kitchen exhaust vent at the building better known as Mary Lee's Cafe. The flames were under control at 2:46 PM.

The restaurant sustained heavy smoke damage but minimal fire and water damage. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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