The four children killed in a Lake Ozark fire early Thursday ranged in age from 14 years old to four.
LakeNews has confirmed that Tyler, Cason, Max and Levi Otto were killed when their home on Carol Road burned down overnight. Tyler was 14 years old; Cason was eight; Max, five, and Levi, four years old. Arrangements for funeral services have been placed under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton.
The boys were students at School of the Osage.
A Facebook post from the district expressed sadness over the loss of four of their students. The school is making additional counseling available to students.
According to information provided by fire officials in a press conference Thursday afternoon, it is believed one of the children was trying to escape and the three other were asleep.
The cause of the fire that killed the four boys and their two pets is under investigation by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, fire officials said the investigation could take up to a couple of weeks to complete.
Autopsies are being done and should be completed by the end of the week.
According to a previous press release from the district, the one story home with a walk-out basement was approximately 75 percent engulfed in flames upon their arrival just before 1 a.m.
Firefighters attempted but were unable to enter the residence to do any type of search and rescue until they had gotten control of the blaze. The fire was so intense, it had spread to the stairwell of the neighbor's house. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread further in that structure.
At the press conference, officials added that access to the home was difficult to high winds increasing the intensity of the blaze.
LOFPD Asst. Chief Matt Birdsley said shortly after firefighters arrived, the residents arrived home and notified firefighters their children were inside the home. The home was listed as a total loss.
The use of fire alarms in the house is unclear at this time, and fire officials doubted whether any could be recovered. The parents of the children had not yet been questioned regarding their whereabouts during the incident. Officials said they were giving them time to mourn.
LOFPD was assisted by Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach. Eldon, and Rocky Mount fire agencies. Camden County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Highway Patrol and Miller County Ambulance also assisted.