A natural cover fire that destroyed one residence in Gravois Mills Monday night is under investigation, according to a press release from Gravois Fire Protection District Chief Ed Hancock.

A natural cover fire that destroyed one residence in Gravois Mills Monday night is under investigation, according to a press release from Gravois Fire Protection District Chief Ed Hancock. 

No civilians injuries were reported while the fire completely destroyed one residence, damaged two other residences, one shed and two boat trailers, while placing four residents in immediate danger. 

Fire crews were dispatched to a large fire in the area of Pelican Point Road at approximately 11:04 p.m. on November 27, 2017. Upon arrival units found a natural cover fire that was spreading quickly and driven by wind with multiple structures in immediate danger between Island View and Gliding Hawk. 

Firefighters immediately began suppression and protection operations and requested additional personnel and apparatus. A total of 18 personnel and 11 apparatus were operating on the scene, including mutual aid apparatus and personnel from Versailles Rural Fire District and Sunrise Beach Fire District.  

Emergency response personnel were on the scene for over 4 hours and the fire is currently under investigation by the Missouri Fire Marshall’s Office.

"These types of occurrences are why local fire departments track weather and current fire conditions and post fire danger warning and burn advisories," the release concluded. "Please check with your local fire department prior to burning and if they recommend no burning do not burn."