Less than 24 hours after the District responded to working dwelling on Osage Place, Sunrise Beach units were alerted for a natural cover fire endangering structures. Within a minute of the initial dispatch, the communications center advised that they had received a report that the dwelling was now involved. As unties crossed the Hurricane Deck bridge they observed a large dwelling well involved in fire. Engine 12 – 22 and Car 1 arrived and confirmed the working fire, added additional units from Mid County, Gravois, & Northwest, and then went to working placing heavy water lines in service.
After a hard battle that involved several units to include a fire boat from Mid County, the fire was placed under control. Although the building of origin was a complete loss, the aggressive efforts of all units on scene resulted in the damage being limited to that dwelling. Chief Reilly is quoted as saying “There certainly was the potential of the fire spreading from the original dwelling and if it was not for the hard work of our units and the other Districts that assisted us things could have been much worse. I feel very bad for the people who lost their home and wish we could have stopped the fire sooner, but this was a case where there was just too much fire when we arrived to do more than what we did.”