Downtown Joplin, Mo., Building Explodes, No Injuries

August 25, 2011

A downtown Joplin, Mo., building exploded and burst into flames early Tuesday.

The Joplin Fire Department says no injuries were reported after the fire at the Wholesale Auto Paint Store. The two-story building was unoccupied when the explosion occurred about 4:45 a.m.

The building, owned by Bob and Jan Gaskill, Joplin, was declared a total loss.

Investigators are still on the scene trying to determine the cause of the explosion.

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