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Around 3:45 a.m., Joplin Emergency Dispatch were alerted to a structure fire in the 1700 block of South Picher.

The first arriving units reported fire and heavy smoke.

Joplin Fire and Jopin PD are both working the investigation together.

Mets ambulance also assisted with this incident.

The cause and investigation is underway currently.

UPDATE

One adult male located inside the residence in addition to two females outside the home. All three were transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained during the fire.

The adult male later died form his injuries.

He has been identified as David Crowder, age 68 of Joplin, and next of kin has been notified. One of the female victims is currently in critical condition. The other female is currently in stable condition.”