4:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill settlement might be in jeopardy

Credit Joe Gratz / Flickr

A $6.8 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit over a smoldering St. Louis County landfill could be in jeopardy.

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7:48 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Arson suspected in Truman Reservoir fires

Credit E Gregory / Flickr

State conservation officials suspect arson in about 20 wildfires near the Truman Reservoir in west-central Missouri in the past week.

The Department of Conservation says the fires burned more than 1,000 acres of public and private land. No injuries or structural losses have been reported, but officials say wildfires can cause significant harm and that fighting them costs money and puts people at risk.

The conservation agency says crews have fought about 50 fires this year in Henry and St. Clair counties that have burned about 3,000 acres.

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5:17 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Weather conditions lead to more outdoor fires

Credit Abby Spudich / KBIA

  Low humidity and heavy winds have created opportune conditions for controlled fires to run away. Since Friday, Fire departments in mid-Missouri have responded to about 20 outside fires. “For this time of year, it’s pretty common,” said Martina Pounds, a spokesperson with the Boone County Fire District. “The weather was decent and it’s been dry for a couple days, so people were out burning their fields.

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7:00 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Moving on: Joplin Muslim community moves forward after mosque burns to ground

The remains of the Joplin mosque show the extent of the destruction that happened in a fire on Aug. 6, 2012. This photo was taken less than a month after the fire.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

This week, Columbia Faith & Values and its partner sites explored what happens when violence crosses thresholds in churches, synagogues and mosques. You can read the whole series on

The story we bring you today takes us to Joplin. What happens when your worship space burns to the ground, and no one even knows who or what is at fault? How do you go on?

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5:29 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Plans to rebuild Joplin Mosque one year after it was destroyed by fire

Credit Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS / KBIA

On the anniversary of the suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, mosque officials say they are making progress in plans to rebuild.

The Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque was destroyed by fire last Aug. 6. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The mosque was damaged by another fire on July 4 of last year. That blaze has been ruled an arson.

The mosque will be rebuilt inside city limits. Navid Zaidi, a mosque board member, says no rebuilding will start until the fundraising is complete.

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5:51 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Ash Street Place apartment building fire may cause some residents to wait to move back in

Ozarks Red Cross Flickr

A disaster specialist for the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter says some residents of the Ash Street Place apartment building that caught fire Tuesday in Columbia may be able to move back in this weekend. But Phillip Iman says there will still be some residents who have to wait longer.

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Bevier fire
4:44 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Pear Tree Restaurant and town museum burn down in Bevier

Bevier's Mayor says he took these photos between 3:00 and 4:00 Thursday morning, as firefighters battled a blaze that would claim a popular restaurant and historical museum in the small town.
Photo Courtesy Bevier Mayor Bill Cosby

Two buildings are being called a complete loss after a fire in Bevier, a small town just west of Macon. Bevier Mayor, Bill Cosby, says the fire near the town’s center was reported just after midnight Thursday morning. He says the fire destroyed both the Pear Tree restaurant and the Black Diamond Association – a town history museum.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Columbia fire officials investigate two-alarm fire

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Columbia fire officials are still investigating a two-alarm fire that broke out at a Columbia auto parts store on Business Loop 70 Wednesday night.

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8:00 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Muslims in Joplin receive interfaith support after mosque fire

Remnants of prayer rugs lie amid the rubble of what used to be a mosque in Joplin. The mosque burned down on Aug. 6. The fire is still under investigation.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

It’s been about one month since a fire destroyed the only mosque in Joplin. Now, members of the Islamic Society of Joplin – and the interfaith community there – are picking up the pieces.

The mosque was burned down before daylight on August 6, during the holy month of Ramadan.

The FBI is still investigating the cause of the fire. Earlier in summer, on July 4, someone tried to set fire to the roof. That incident is still under investigation, too. 

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8:27 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Rally to support Joplin Muslims lacking funds

A rally to support Muslims after a fire destroyed a mosque in Joplin is still planned, although the organizer says more money is needed to finance the event.

A fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque Aug. 6 has been called suspicious but a cause has not been determined.

Organizer Ashley Carter says the rally is scheduled for Saturday at Landreth Park. She is seeking nearly $3,000 by Wednesday for insurance and rent. But she says speakers and entertainment are lined up and she expects the event to be held.

6:25 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Fire destroys Joplin, Mo. mosque

Prayer rugs lined the floor of the Joplin Islamic Center in 2009; the mosque burned to the ground on August 6, 2012.
Jennifer Davidson KSMU

The only mosque in Joplin, Mo., has burned to the ground.  The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

The loss of property leaves the Islamic community without a place of worship in its most sacred time of the year:  Ramadan.

The imam of the mosque, Dr. Lahmuddin Lahmuiddin, had only  finished leading the special “Taraweeh” night prayers a few hours before he was awakened by a phone call from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.  That prayer takes place every night at about 10:00 during the month of Ramadan.

Lahmuddin got in his car and started driving.

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8:29 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Officials on the lookout for forest fires

E Gregory Flickr

During a typical year, Missouri has a spring fire season and fall fire season. Summer is usually a downtime for forest fires. That’s not the case this year.

In June and July alone, there were 50 wildfires that burned more than 4,000 acres in the Mark Twain National Forest. Compare that to an average year, when about 5,000 acres burn over 12 months.

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6:55 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Another fire at former Columbia city landfill

Another fire has been reported at a former city landfill north of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that firefighters have been battling another grass fire Wednesday at the former site of the Columbia municipal landfill, which is south of Finger Lakes State Park. The site has burned several times over the past week.

Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Scott Olsen says buried trash at the former landfill has been smoldering and continues to start fires. He says the fires will likely continue until the weather cools.

8:29 am
Tue July 17, 2012

$15K reward for info on Mo. mosque fire

The FBI announced Monday they were offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges in a fire at a Joplin mosque.

The fire was reported July 4 at the Islamic Society of Joplin. No injuries were reported, and firefighters extinguished the blaze on the roof of the center before it caused any interior damage. It was the second fire in two years at the center.

PM Newscasts
5:27 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Newscast for Monday, July 16, 2012

Matt Evans KBIA

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon's re-election war chest grows
  • Teachers visit New Madrid to learn about famous quakes
  • Fire damages Worley Street Head Start
  • MU announces "re-imagined" University of Missouri Press
5:36 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Forest Service reports progess on Mo. fires

Federal officials say two fires in southern Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest have been contained, but new ones have broken out.

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8:32 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Arson suspected cause of large Mark Twain fire

Arson is the suspected cause of a fire that burned about 620 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest.

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4:14 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Fire in Mark Twain forest underscores Mo. heat threat

Fire concerns are widening in southeast Missouri as crews battle a 550-acre blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered the Missouri National Guard to get ready to assist with firefighting efforts. The fire broke out Thursday in a section of the 1.5-million-acre forest located in Iron County, and the governor's office says about 2,000 additional acres are at risk.

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5:25 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Three accused of setting NE Mo. fires

Three suspects are facing felony charges for a series of fires in northeast Missouri, including one that destroyed a small-town playground.

The Kirksville Daily Express reports that 17-year-old Jaston Boone of Edina, 20-year-old Shelby Snelling of Baring and 19-year-old Athena Wolter of Knox City each face three counts. They are being held at the Adair County jail on $10,000 bond.

5:45 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Stephens College to house displaced Brookside residents

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Students planning on living at the Brookside on College apartments this fall might not find themselves too far away.

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PM Newscasts
6:09 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Newscast for May 28, 2012

Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Construction to resume on burned apartments
  • Parade draws patriotic crowds
  • Missouri veterans' cemeteries observe Memorial Day
5:58 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Construction to resume on burned apartments

Mark Nanneman paints the rubble of the burned Brookside on College apartment complex on Monday. Nanneman says he paints “en plein air,” a French style where the artist paints outdoors.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Columbia Fire Department investigators are looking into the cause of a three-alarm fire at the Brookside on College apartment complex. Sunday’s fire caused millions of dollars in damage, destroying most of the still-under construction apartments, but the owners plan to rebuild.

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PM Newscasts
6:10 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Newscast for February 2, 2012

A Thursday morning fire in Boonville has destroyed two businesses operated by a program that helps people with disabilities
Matt Veto KBIA

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Fire destroys Boonville's Unlimited Opportunities businesses
  • Food bank's Buddy Pack program faces cuts, elimination
  • Curators discuss proposed budget cut outcomes
5:52 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Fire destroys Boonville's Unlimited Opportunities businesses

An excavator cleans up the debris from a fire in Boonville. Two businesses run by Unlimited Opportunities were destroyed, but no one was hurt in the fire.
Matt Veto KBIA

A Thursday morning fire in Boonville has destroyed two businesses operated by a program that helps people with disabilities.

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