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  • Fire leaves one home destroyed and other damaged

  • One residence is completely destroyed while another is significantly damaged on Crane Cove Drive in Sunrise Beach after a Thursday afternoon fire.
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  • One residence is completely destroyed while another is significantly damaged on Crane Cove Drive in Sunrise Beach after a Thursday afternoon fire.
    Sunrise Beach fire received a call from the resident of the home on Thursday afternoon saying he had heard a noise then smelled smoke. He then saw smoke through out the home and immediately evacuated the residence. Officials say he realized he did not have his keys or wallet and attempted to re-enter the home when he saw smoke and flames coming out the front door.
    A neighboring residence received "pretty significant" damage according to Chief Dennis Reilly.
    "The heat was so intense some of the blinds inside melted," Reilly said of the other home. He also added that the fence on the deck and the side closest to the burning residence saw damage as well.
    While fighting the flames, one firefighter noticed a small kitten curled up in a bush right next to the burning structure. The kitten was immediately picked up and given to neighborhood teens for safe keeping.
    Crews left the scene around 7:30 p.m.
    Various lake area agencies aided in the efforts including Gravios Mills Fire Protection District, Mid County Fire Protection District, Lake Ozark Fire engine and boat and Osage Beach Fire.
    "We are fortunate that this fire did not happen five days ago," Reilly said. Just days ago, Sunrise Beach would not of had enough staff members to give this fire the attention it needed. Reilly feels as if situations like these reiterate the need for the levy initiative that is coming up on Tuesday.

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