UPDATE: On Wed., Oct. 17, 2018 at 9:02 a.m., the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a reported fire at the apartment complex (what used to be the 5-81 Motel) on Old Route 5 north of Camdenton. Dispatch received numerous 911 calls about the fire.

Firefighters used several hand lines and began a fire attack. Firefighters also began a search of the multiple units involved with fire. All occupants were able to get out of the fire before firefighters arrived with one occupant suffering minor injuries from a fall. Unfortunately, at least three pets perished in the fire. The fire involved five units and the office which are considered a total loss. Several other units had smoke and water damage. The fire was brought under control at approximately 9:45 a.m. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the MCFPD Fire Marshal, the Missouri State Fire Marshal and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. 

MCFPD responded with one Engine, four tankers and one ladder. In addition to the agencies listed above, MCFPD was assisted at the scene by the Camden County Ambulance District, the Camden County Emergency Management, Osage Beach Fire Protection District, Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, the city of Lebanon Fire Department and the Southwest Camden County Fire Protection District. The American Red Cross responded with a canteen for emergency personnel and occupants as well as a disaster response team to assist the displaced residents. 

Additional information will be released when the investigation is complete.

INITIAL REPORT: Multiple agencies are responding to a fire at a two-story structure on Old Route 5 in the Lake Road 5-81 area.

The Five-81 Motel appears to be the building involved in the fire. It is currently believed that no one was inside the multi-unit structure that has or had been operating as monthly rentals. Firefighters checked units, and it is believed no one was inside, however they were still fighting the fire and investigating what happened at last report.

Mid County, Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach and Lebanon departments are now on scene.