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Published September 11, 2019

Structure fires keep firefighters busy on holiday


CAMDEN COUNTY – While many were having a relaxing fun-filled Labor Day weekend, the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) found itself responding to 21 incidents including three structure fires.

The first structure fire was on Sunday, September 1, at 2:09 p.m. in the 4400 block of Old South 5 near Decaturville.

MCFPD firefighters arrived to find a single story residence with heavy smoke showing. Firefighters made entry into the residence to find heavy fire involvement in the living room.

The fire was rapidly extinguished and the fire incident was marked under control within 15 minutes of arriving on scene.

The home was abandoned and not being lived in at the time of the fire.

There were no injuries reported with this incident.

MCFPD responded with two engines, three tankers and a squad and were assisted at the scene by an engine and personnel from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District and Camden County Ambulance District.

Additionally, the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District moved a fire truck and personnel to MCFPD Station 2 in Greenview to cover any additional incidents during this time.

All firefighters cleared the scene at 3:56 p.m.

The cause of the fire is being listed as suspicious and is being investigated by the MCFPD Fire Marshal. If anyone has any information about this incident please contact the MCFPD Fire Marshal at 573-346-2049 or firemarshal@mcfpd.org

The second structure fire was later in the evening that same day.

At 8:33 p.m. the MCFPD was called to assist the Northwest Fire Protection District with a house fire on Jackson Street in Climax Springs.

MCFPD responded with an engine and a tanker. MCFPD cleared the scene at 9:47 p.m.

The third structure fire occurred on Monday September 2, at 11:39 p.m. on Venus Road in Greenview.

The MCFPD fire engine and firefighters from Station #2 arrived within two minutes of the 911 call.

Upon firefighters arrival, the attached garage area of a single-story residence was fully involved in fire.

Firefighters noticed several explosions due to a vehicle, ammunition, oxygen tanks and propane tanks that were stored in the garage area.

Firefighters immediately attacked the fire from the outside as they advanced into the garage area. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 40 minutes after arriving on scene. There were no injuries reported with this incident.

The residents were home at the time of the fire and safely made it outside before MCFPD arrived on scene.

Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion at the scene and all returned to service.

The garage area was a total loss with the living area suffering significant heat, smoke and water damage.

MCFPD responded with two engines and three tankers and we were assisted at the scene by the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, the Gravois Fire Protection District, Lake West Ambulance and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.

Additionally, the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District moved a fire truck and firefighters to the MCFPD Station #1 to cover any additional incidents during this time.

All firefighters cleared the scene at 2:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is listed as accidental, starting in the garage area.

Additionally, over the course of the weekend the MCFPD also responded to the following calls:

• 9 medical emergencies
• 3 automatic fire alarms
• 2 motor vehicle collisions
• 1 personal water craft vs boat injury accident (at the 8 mile maker of the Big Niangua)
• 1 gas leak
• 1 event standby
• 1 fireboat to mutual aid assist Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District.

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