Fire destroyed a home on Flood Therapy Drive, off of Bear Paw Road near Camdenton on Thursday afternoon. The Mid-County Fire Protection district battled the fire for more than four hours with help from Camdenton, Sunrise Beach and Osage Beach firefighters.


Fire destroyed a home on Flood Therapy Drive, off of Bear Paw Road near Camdenton on Thursday afternoon. The Mid-County Fire Protection district battled the fire for more than four hours with help from Camdenton, Sunrise Beach and Osage Beach firefighters.

Residents of Tuscany Condominiums spotted flames across their cove at approximately 1:50 p.m. Thursday. The Camden County emergency dispatch center received three separate 911 calls reporting the fire. Since the calls came from citizens on the opposite side of a cove from the fire, the first responders to arrive on scene had to find the house without knowing its address.

Mid-County Fire Chief Scott Frandsen believes the home will be declared a total loss. The owner is a full-time resident, but was not home at the time of the fire. No one was injured as a result of the blaze.

The house has no fire hydrants nearby, so Mid-County firefighters had to coordinate a plan to bring water to the scene of the fire in tanker trucks. Rain made the one-lane road that leads downhill to the house sloppy.

“Normally, we would use a fire boat, but we are several hundred feet from the lake,”?Frandsen said.

Firefighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading to any nearby property and saved part of the structure. The state fire marshal's office is investigating what caused the fire.

Contact Rance Burger at rance.burger@lakesunonline.com.