Northpark Mall in Joplin evacuated

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The Northpark Mall in Joplin was evacuated for smoke near the food court Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after 4pm, crews were dispatched to the mall to investigate.

Fire officials determined discarded smoking materials left in the mulch outside the former Garfield’s restaurant was the cause.

The smoke was quickly put out and patrons were able to return to the mall within the hour.

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