We now know more about the fire that occurred in Greenview on Monday afternoon. According to the Mid-County Fire Protection District, officials were toned out around 12PM to a rapidly burning fire at the bottom of a valley where crews were unable to access by vehicle. Due to high winds above 35mph, the fire quickly spread. Officials say they battled the fire late into the evening before finally getting it under control. While no homes were burned, a detached garage suffered extensive damage and a mobile home along with a residence suffered minor exterior damage. Some of the firefighters where treated for smoke inhalation, minor cuts and burns but none needed to be hospitalized. The fire wound up consuming around 75 acres and is presently under investigation by the Mid-County and the State fire marshals.
Full story below:
By News Reporter Janet Dabbs:
Mid county fire hit with 3 simultaneous fires, firefighters hurt and forced to retreat due to wind
The Mid County Fire Protection District, MCFPD, was dispatched to a reported natural cover fire at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the 300 block of State Route AA in Roach, simultaneously the MCFPD was also dispatched to a reported natural cover fire in the 500 block of Velvet Antler Road in Greenview.
According to MCFPD Fire Chief Scott Frandsen, units arrived at the fire on AA to find approximately one acre burning. Firefighters were able to rapidly bring this fire under control and they cleared the scene approximately 45 minutes after arrival. MCFPD responded with a brush truck and a tanker to the AA fire.
Upon arrival at the fire on Velvet Antler Road, crews found a rapidly burning fire at the bottom of a large valley. The fire was inaccessible by vehicle and crews had to hike into the location. Firefighters attempted to control the fire, but they were quickly overrun and had to retreat due to high winds. Winds at the time were gusting above 35 mph.
Mutual Aid was called into to protect several houses, garages and outbuildings in the direct path of the fire. There were multiple times throughout the incident where fire overran the crews and they had to retreat.
Frandsen said that due to the extraordinary efforts by firefighters working the fire no occupied dwellings were burnt. However, there was a detached garage that suffered extensive damage, a mobile home that suffered some exterior damage, and a residence which suffered minor exterior damage.
Frandsen added that the fire was very difficult to control due to the high winds. MCFPD responded with one engine, three tankers, four brush trucks, and 19 personnel.
MCFPD required the following significant mutual aid response:
- Sunrise fire responded with one brush truck and a tanker
- Northwest fire responded with one engine and one tanker
- Gravois fire responded with one engine
- Versailles Rural Fire responded with two bull dozers
- The Missouri Department of Conservation responded with hand crews
- Several Cole County fire districts responded with five brush trucks and one tanker
- Osage Beach fire moved a crew and truck into the Mid County fire station as back-up
Several firefighters were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and minor cuts and burns, none of which required transportation to a hospital.
In addition to the damage to structures, the fire consumed approximately 75 acres. All units cleared the scene at approximately 9 p.m. and returned periodically throughout the night to extinguish hot spots.
Fire in Camdenton
During this fire MCFPD crews were also dispatched to assist the Camdenton Fire Department with a fully involved structure fire on Wilkerson Street in Camdenton. This structure fire also ignited a brush fire that was handled by units operating on the scene of the structure fire. MCFPD responded to this fire with an engine and five personnel to assist at the structure fire. The Osage Beach fire stationed at the Mid County fire station also responded to this incident. This resulted in extensive damage to the structure which had burned for a second time.
Cause under investigation
Chief Frandsen said he has some ideas on the cause of each of the fires but he will not release any information until the Missouri Fire Marshal and the MCFPD Fire Marshal investigate the fires.
Here is the official press release from Press Release- Velvet Antler