On March 24, 2020 at 12:00 AM the Mid-County Fire Protection District, MCFPD, was dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire on North Business Route 5 in Camdenton.

Press Release:

On March 24, 2020 at 12:00 AM the Mid-County Fire Protection District, MCFPD, was dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire on North Business Route 5 in Camdenton.

Firefighters arrived to find a 2 story structure with heavy smoke coming from the front of the building and flames from the rear roof of the building. The fire was upgraded to a 2nd alarm. Firefighters attempted to make entry into the building to find that the floor and roof were beginning to collapse. Firefighters continued to extinguish the fire from the exterior of the building. North Business Route 5 in the area of the fire was temporally shut down for emergency vehicles only. This was to allow firefighters to utilize the fire hydrants on the opposite side of the roadway. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control approximately 3 hours after they arrived on scene.

It appears that the building was not occupied at the time of the fire. There were no injuries reported with this fire.

The building had 4 separate occupancies. The fire occurred in of these 2 occupancies that there being used for storage. These 2 occupancies suffered severe fire damage, structural collapse and the contents are a complete loss. The other 2 occupancies in the building were businesses. These 2 businesses were located on the other side of a firewall dividing the building. This firewall did stop and hold the fire from causing additional fire and structural damage. These 2 businesses suffered smoke damage.

The fire is being investigated by the Missouri State Fire Marshal.
MCFPD responded with (3) Engines, (2) Tankers, (1) Ladder, (1) Heavy Rescue, (1) Breathing Air Trailer, and a Squad. MCFPD was assisted on the scene with an Engine from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, an Engine from the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, a Ladder from Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, the Camden County Ambulance District / Mercy Ambulance, the Camdenton Police Department and Laclede Electric. Additionally, an Engine from Lebanon Rural Fire Protection District moved up to MCFPD Station #1 in Camdenton to cover any additional emergency calls.

All units cleared the scene at 4:37 AM.