The victim of a house fire in Sunrise Beach late last week has been identified.
The body of George Duff, 56, was found by firefighters inside the remains of the single-family home on Old Sunrise Acres Drive after the blaze was brought under control in the early morning hours of Friday, February 2. Duff was the sole occupant of the house.
Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly expressed condolences to the family and friends of Duff whose name had been withheld pending next-of-kin notifications.
According to Reilly, Sunrise Beach firefighters were dispatched to a report of the fire at 1:26 a.m. Friday and arrived on scene at 1:38 a.m. to find fire coming through the roof of the two-story house. The fire was quickly brought under control from that point.
A joint investigation by the Sunrise Beach Protection District and the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office pointed to a faulty wood stove as the likely cause of the fire.
Because both of the district’s fire houses were staffed at the time of the call, the SBFPD had sufficient personnel on scene quickly to do the initial attack on the fire. They were then assisted by units from Mid-County, Gravois and Osage Beach fire departments.
The second SBFPD fire house is staffed on an irregular schedule due to constraints in the number of budgeted personnel.
The SBFPD covers more than 60 square miles on and around Lake of the Ozarks in northern Camden and southern Morgan counties. The district has two staffed stations and 17 full-time firefighters. The district responds to more than 700 emergency calls annually, including medical and injury related incidents.