111 South Moffet house fire (Photo and Video Jonathan Waddell)

JOPLIN, Mo. — Shortly after 12:00 midnight, Friday, Joplin Emergency Communications were alerted to a structure fire, visible flames, 111 South Moffet.

Joplin Fire Department, Joplin Police and METS ambulance responded.

First arrival Joplin Fire declared this would be a defensive fire. Flames visible from upper floor.

The entire roof is now gone. Flames destroyed the upper portion of the 3-story residence. It is located in the Murphysburg Historic District.

Fire declared under control at 1:30 AM.

State Fire Marshal was requested to respond.

We talked to the State Fire Marshal who declined comment, which is standard protocol as investigators, official information will come from the Joplin Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals office of communications.

No firefighters were injured fighting the fire. The residence was vacant. No one was located inside the structure.

The investigation continues now. We will update information here on our Joplin News First tab at FSHP. Click here to save a bookmark on your phone. We post new stories 24/7 and update current stories without notice.

Murphysburg Historic District is a national historic district located at JoplinJasper County, Missouri. The district encompasses 185 contributing buildings in a predominantly residential section of Joplin. It developed between about 1880 and 1965 and includes representative examples of Queen AnneRichardsonian RomanesqueClassical RevivalMission RevivalColonial Revival, and Tudor Revival style architecture. Located in the district are the previously listed Olivia Apartments and Ridgway Apartments. Other notable buildings include the J.H. Brand House (1899), John Wise House (1898), A.B. McConnell House (c. 1899), H.H. McNeal House (1908), H. Edward Dangerfield House (1895), First Methodist Church (1905), and Second Church of Christ, Scientist (c. 1907).[2]