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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

FIRE CLAIMS LONGTIME RESIDENTS LIFE - LIGHTNING IS TO BLAME





MAN SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES RECEIVED IN HOUSE FIRE>>>BLAZE THOUGHT TO BE CAUSED BY LIGHTNING STRIKE
• Many share condolences for longtime friend & businessman
• Born in Joplin and a 1980 Parkwood High School graduate
• Official Information released from Joplin Fire Department
(64804) -- "This is a very difficult time for his wife, Kathy, and their son, Adam. Mike leaves a lot of friends behind. Adam [Mike & Kathy's son] is getting married in a few short weeks," according to a private message received at Joplin News First.
Joplin News First reported live from the fire on Friday evening. The preliminary cause is determined to be a lightning strike.
In a statement from the Joplin Fire Department, “55 year old Michael Blood was transported to Freeman West and later to a burn unit in Springfield where overnight he succumbed to his injuries."
From information gathered on Joplin News First posts and private messages, Mike Blood was a 1980 graduate of Parkwood High School. He and his wife, Kathy, own and operate Blood Tax Service, located at 2901 South Main. Mike's father, Vern Blood, is a retired tax preparer as well.
"The preliminary cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike but remains under investigation and a follow up investigation will be done at the first of the week with City of Joplin Fire Marshall and Missouri Division of Fire Safety," according to a post on social media from #joplinfire
Thank you to the Joplin Police Department, Chief Jim Furgerson and his Joplin Fire Department and Joplin Professional Firefighters L59 for your work, heart and compassion. Our deepest condolences to the family.
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