The fire that severely damaged a condominium building in Sunrise Beach over the weekend is believed to have been accidental.
A press release from the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District stated that “initial impressions” are that the fire at 11 West Condos on State Route TT was accidental. The cause of the fire is still under investigation though.
No injuries to either civilians or firefighters were report from the blaze Sunday night.
The SBFPD was dispatched to a report of a building fire at the Shawnee Bend area location at 9 p.m. September 2, 2018.
Sunrise Beach units arrived at the scene in approximately seven minutes and encountered a large fire consuming an apartment and extending into the attic space of the building, according to the press release. The fire was able to travel through the attic space and ultimately damaged six of 10 units in the building.
All of these units were occupied, so the damage represents the displacement of several people.
Due to the significant amount of fire, firefighting units from Lake Ozark, Mid County, Rocky Mount, Northwest and Gravois were called to assist. In addition fire boats from Lake Ozark and Rocky Mount assisted with supplying the large volumes of water needed to extinguish the fire.
“This is certainly one of the largest fires we have seen in our District since I came here in 2012,” commented Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
The added that that the support given by the mutual aid units along with assistance from Lake West EMS, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division were critical in controlling the fire.
“I cannot overstate the importance of roles played by all our partner agencies. Without their help we would have had a tremendous amount of difficulty in dealing with this fire,” Reilly said. “We are very fortunate that the fire occurred at a time when most people were awake. Thankfully a neighbor saw the fire and was able to alert the occupants prior to our arrival.”
Even though the condos are located on the Lake of the Ozarks, water supply was a difficult issue required the use of two fire boats, the press release stated.
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 an authorized strength of 17 full-time firefighters. The district responds to more than 750 emergency calls annually, including medical and injury related incidents.