On Tuesday, December 5, the Joplin Fire Department responded to a report of a structure at Applebee’s Restaurant 2825 E. 32nd at 4:54 PM. The first arriving crew arrived on scene at 4:56 PM and reported a one-story commercial building with nothing showing. Crews entered the structure to find a light haze of smoke throughout the seating area. After further investigation, it was discovered there was a small fire in the HVAC (Heating and Air conditioning) system the fire was quickly extinguished and ventilation was established to remove the odor and smoke from the building.
The City of Joplin’s Health Department was notified as is our policy to inspect for health issues and the restaurant remained closed for repairs of the system.