“The cause of fire was investigated by the JFD Fire Marshall and was determined to be electrical in nature.”
According to a media release from the Joplin Fire Department:
‘On Thursday, 15 November 2018, at 3:40 AM the Joplin Fire Department responded to a report of a fire alarm at 1832 S Sergeant. While in route, a caller advised smoke was coming from the outlets, so JFD upgraded to a structure fire response. Crews arrived on scene to find smoke and fire coming from the attic. An interior attack was attempted, but due to the advancing fire the crew was forced to back out of the house and establish a defensive perimeter.”
If you follow our news blog, Joplin News First, you can follow in real time what is happening. Immediately a woman two blocks away whom the family did not know, heard sirens and smelled the smoke. Brought blankets and a kennel for pets and began organizing donations.
Her name is Ally. “As soon as I knew there were babies, the momma in me kicked in! I had to help.”
Joplin Fire Department go on to state, “There were no injuries to firefighting crews or civilians. However, the fire did cause extensive damage and resulted in the displacement of 6 adults and 6 children (ages 9 months to 9 years of age).”
Ally knew names, sizes, formula brand, diaper size and immediate needs by mid-morning and the drop off location was set where she works, Blacklist Ink, 500 bk of S Main. It was all on our Joplin News First story.
Ally does not even know the family, “No I do not, but I smelt the smoke from my house on 17th at 3:30 am, got dressed and hauled a** down to help them. I lost my home in [California] to a house fire in Feb. We watched it all burn and not one person stayed to help. So I felt compelled to be that one person who would stay to help others.”
“The Joplin Fire Department responded with 5 units and 18 personnel and was assisted by the Joplin Police Department and METS Ambulance Service,” Thanks to all the professionals today.
Thank you Ally you are Joplin News First.