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Published March 22, 2023

Burn barrel blamed in afternoon shop fire

OSAGE BEACH – No one was injured in an afternoon fire last Saturday in Kaiser.

Shortly after 3:00 p.m., crews from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District (OBFPD) were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the area of North Star Circle in Kaiser.

While en route, crews were advised that a second shop building was now on fire and beginning to have an impact on the residence.

Crews arrived on scene and found one shed already on the ground and another actively burning along with a natural cover fire of less than one acre.

Crews quickly placed an attack line in service and made an interior attack on the shop building and managed to quickly knockdown the fire.

Lake Ozark Fire Protection District and the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District were assigned to handle the natural cover fire upon their arrival.

One building is considered a total loss and the shop received moderate fire damage.

The main residence received major damage to the siding however no extension of fire went into the home.

The cause of the fire was a burn barrel that got out of control.

“We would like to remind residents that on high wind days it is strongly discouraged to burn any material as it can quickly get out of control,” an OBFPD spokesman said.

No residents or firefighters were injured.

Fire crews worked on scene for less than two hours and were assisted by Lake Ozark and Sunrise Beach Fire Protection Districts.

The Mid-County Fire Protection District provided coverage for the OBFPD district from their station 2.

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