The in-district structure fire was then reported at 3:08 p.m., or rather Mid-County firefighters were dispatched to State Route D and Aubrey Bell for a report of black smoke in the area. No exact address was given, the press release stated.
Mid-County Fire Protection District has been slammed with calls — responding to 18 calls in 22 hours, 14 of which were in a 12-hour time period Tuesday. The calls included two structure fires (one out-of-district and one in), four natural cover fires and two motor vehicle collisions.
According to a press release from the MCFPD, the run of calls started April 17, 2018, with a mutual aid structure fire In Northwest Fire Protection District at 6:27 a.m. No further information about the NWFPD call is available at this time.
The department then ran four medical emergencies between 8:01 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. before being dispatched to a natural cover fire at 10:01 a.m. Located between S. State Highway 7 and State Route BB in Montreal, the five-acre fire was the result of a control burn by a property owner that got out of control. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported, the press release stated.
At 11:41 a.m., an unauthorized burn report was followed by a natural cover fire at 12:54 p.m. This fire was located Bumper Hill road outside of Camdenton. Less than one acre, it was again the result of a control burn by a property owner that got out of control, but no structures were damaged and no injuries were reported, the press release stated.
At 1:21 p.m., firefighters responded to a motor vehicle collision. No further information was made available about this incident.
The in-district structure fire was then reported at 3:08 p.m., or rather Mid-County firefighters were dispatched to State Route D and Aubrey Bell for a report of black smoke in the area. No exact address was given, the press release stated. Firefighters arrived in the area to find smoke but had to investigate further to find the source of the smoke.
In the 5800 block of Route D, firefighters located the source of the black smoke, a small residential structure fully involved with fire. This structure was approximately 200 yards off of the lettered state highway, tucked back in the woods. Access to the fire was limited, the press release stated, as there was no solid road to the structure. Scanner traffic heard by Lake Sun staff at the time described the road as a logging path.
The fire was brought under control approximately 20 minutes after firefighters arrived on scene, according to the press release.
The property owner arrived on scene and advised that no one lived in the structure full time.
An investigation showed that the cause of the fire was accidental, the press release stated. The property owner had been burning in a burn barrel close to the structure earlier in the day and left the fire unattended.
The structure and the contents were a complete loss. There were no injuries reported with this incident.
MCFPD was assisted on scene by Osage Beach Fire Protection District and Laclede Electric Cooperative. Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District moved fire apparatus and firefighters to MCFPD station #1 in Camdenton for coverage.
Firefighters cleared the scene at 5:38 p.m.
It should be noted though that before clearing the scene of the structure fire, Mid-County firefighters were dispatched to a smoke investigation at 4:24, a medical emergency at 5:19 and went back to the natural cover fire on Bumper Hill Road at 5:20 for further extinguishment.
At 6:10 p.m., another natural cover was reported at Rocksalot Drive outside of Camdenton. Around three acres burned after another incident where a control burn by the property owner got out of control, the press release stated. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.
After a 9:50 p.m. unauthorized burning, the MCFPD was dispatched to another motor vehicle collision at 10:56 p.m. No further information is available on that crash.
Things quieted down then with firefighters running two medical emergencies at 2:53 a.m. and 4:13 a.m.