The cause of a fatal fire near Laurie Friday is undetermined due to the heavy damage the trailer incurred in the blaze, according to information from the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
DPS Communications Director Mike O’Connell explained that only the frame of the trailer at 29000 Highway RA, Gravois Mills, was left after the fire early Friday morning. Only a large amount of debris remained.
Neighbors across the road did report hearing loud booms then seeing flames, he said.
An autopsy was planned to positively identify the victim who was later found in the structure and the person’s cause of death, O’Connell said. Information from the autopsy is not available at this time.
According to a press release from the Gravois Fire Protection District, they were dispatched to the address at 3:04 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2018.
First units arriving on scene found a double-wide manufactured home fully engulfed in flames with a wild land fires extending from the structure, the release stated.
The fire was quickly brought under control. A vehicle was located in the garage but no occupants were accounted for.
Crews began overhaul and search of the debris and surrounding area.
According to a separate press release from Osage Beach Fire Protection District, its search and rescue team was called at 8:42 a.m. to assist in the location of a victim within the structure. The SAR team responded with five personnel and multiple canine units.
Canine Jager and handler Shelley Dougan began searching the debris upon arrival. Within minutes, Jager indicated on an area where the victim was located.
The body was recovered from the remains of the house around 11 a.m.
Mutual Aid was received from Sunrise Beach Fire along with assistance from Laurie Police, Camden County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Missouri Highway Patrol and Osage Beach Search and Rescue.
Fifteen fire personnel and six apparatus operated on the scene.