LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — An entire building at St. Moritz Condominiums is considered a total loss, after fire ravaged the four-unit structure late Friday night.
The condos are located down Highway KK, just outside Osage Beach. The Osage Beach Fire Protection District (OBFPD) says they were called at 9:51 p.m. to respond to a deck fire. The first responding firefighters found flames eating through the roof of the building. Witnesses report the fire may have started on the downstairs deck of one unit near or in a storage closet. All condo residents were able to escape the fire.
"Extinguishment operations were hampered by the lack of water at this location," OBFPD Chief Jeff Dorhauer explained. So tankers from OBFPD, Mid County Fire, Rocky Mount Fire, and Gravois Fire shuttled water to the site, while fire boats from Lake Ozark Fire and Sunrise Fire doused the flames from the Lake side.
The fire was brought under control at 12:25 a.m., the Chief said, but due to the heavy amount of overhaul, crews remained working until 3:24 p.m. OBFPD firefighters were still on scene Saturday morning, ensuring there were no hotspots left in the charred building. The structure is still standing, but it is considered a total loss.
No injuries were reported. The fire is not considered suspicious, the Chief said, but Osage Beach and State Fire Marshals were investigating.