UPDATE 12:30 P.M.: A press conference has been scheduled for later this afternoon by the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District to provide additional information about the fatal fire that claimed the lives of four children and two pets at a home on Carol Road. The names of the victims nor the cause of the fire have been released. 
Little information has been released at this time. The most recent press release from the fire district indicated the fire was more aggressive than originally thought. Early estimates put the home at 50 percent involved when firefighters arrived. The district has revised that saying after meeting with firefighters who arrived within minutes of the call just before 1 a.m., reported 75 percent of the structure was engulfed in flames. 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 to that structure. 

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.  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.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Missouri Fire Marshal's office.

INITIAL REPORT: An early morning fire in Lake Ozark has claimed the lives of four children at a home on Carol Road.

The fire was reported just before 1 a.m., according to Lake Ozark Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Matt Birdsley.  Birdsley said when the first firefighters arrived, the home was about 50 percent involved, with heavy smoke and fire. Birdsley described the conditions as bad. Firefighters attempted to make entry to search for occupants but were forced back out of the residential structure.  The Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.  Birdsley said additional information would be available later today.