UPDATE: Cause of fire ruled accidental, business fire halts S Rangeline traffic Monday evening

Joplin News First

An unnamed Joplin News First tipster was a passerby was the first to report this business fire Mon evening and called at 6:54 PM.  Joplin Fire Department responded and were on the scene six minutes later.  

“On Monday, May 20th, 2019, at 6:56 PM Joplin Engine 3C, Ladder 5C, Rescue 4C, Ladder 1C, Battalion 1C and Duenweg Fire Engine 710 responded to a report of a structure fire at 1229 S. Rangeline.” ~ @joplinfiredepartment

Joplin Fire Department posted on their FB page the importance of giving emergency workers room to fight a fire along Rangeline.

At the opening of our live! video you can see Liberty Utilities cutting the power to the building which in turn helped to curb the amount of smoke present.  It was 16 minutes later that the fire was declared out by Joplin Fire Department according to our Joplin News First digital trunking scanner.  

Joplin Fire Department continue, “While en route, units observed heavy smoke showing from the USA Mattress building. The first crew arrived at 7:00 PM and made an aggressive interior attack and was able to extinguish and overhaul the scene. Personnel remained on scene until 8:58 PM.”

South Rangeline traffic was halted both directions for nearly two hours.  Fire hoses stretched across 13th street to the south and then also to the west across Rangeline.  Traffic from 15th to 10th was stopped. 

Deputy Fire Chief Andy Nimmo was on the scene of the fire and at the end of our live video you see Joplin Fire Chief Jim Furgerson say hello on camera.  

Tuesday morning @JoplinFire determined,

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental in nature.


Thank you for the numerous calls and texts.  Sorry we were rushing to get there and didn’t have time to reply to everyone.  We appreciate you all. Remember you are Joplin News First! 


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LIVE! BREAKING -BUSINESS FIRE RANGELINE-1200 bk◽️ Please avoid the area
(64801) — All traffic north and south blocked on Rangeline from 15th to 10th, use an alternate route.

15th to 10th South Rangeline blocked due to fire hoses across roadway. 

EAST of Rangeline use Rex Ave or Duquesne Road
WEST of Rangeline use Highview or Florida Ave

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