At 4:44 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin and Redings Mill firefighters responded to the Econolodge at 3510 S. Rangeline for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, the fire was showing from the second floor with Joplin Police and hotel staff beginning evacuation of the hotel.
Fire crews simultaneously began search and rescue/evacuation and fire attack operations. The fire was contained to the room of origin and there were no injuries to firefighters or occupants. Crews remained on scene until 7:12 a.m.