Fire devastates rural Carthage business; Ozark Powder Coating

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I'm really proud of our guys today. I am glad to have the cooperation of the other departments. We are a bunch of good brothers that work well together." Carthage Fire Chief Roger Williams

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. (Rural Carthage) — About 3:48 PM Carthage Fire Department and Mercy EMS were dispatched to Cedar Road and CR 110 to a structure fire on Thursday afternoon. Carthage Firefighters tell us the moment they raised the doors on Station #2, 5 miles away from the fire they could see billowing black smoke in the distance.

Tipster Wolf alerted us to the fire at about the same time by sending a photo to messenger, taken on Apple Road and CR 120, about 5 miles to the south.

The structure fire was located at Ozark Powder Coating, 3114 Co Rd 110. An industrial company that does metal powder coating on all types of metal parts ranging from small to very large items.

Carthage Fire Chief Roger Williams tells us at the scene he knew what they were dealing with when he heard where the fire was located.

“I immediately knew what was in the building and there were going to be some things in there we were going to have to watch for, of course, we have a large propane tank sitting out; luckily kind of off to the side and wasn’t exposed too bad. It was a concern for a while. But we managed to get it turned off. We never really had a lot of heat on it so we were ok.”

Avilla Fire Department, Sarcoxie Rural Fire Department, Duenweg Fire Department and Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted.

“Nobody was injured today. We had lots of good help and I’m really proud of our guys today. I am glad to have the cooperation of the other departments. We are a bunch of good brothers that work well together.”

The Fire Marshal will investigate the cause of the fire. It is a large metal frame industrial building. Estimated to be 300 feet long, the length of a football field, and 50 feet to 100 feet wide at places.

We will update this story as more information becomes available from the Carthage Fire Department.

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