Two early morning commercial fires over the weekend destroy a popular Lake Area eatery and a condominium building. The first fire, in the Lake Ozark District, was reported just before 2:00 Saturday morning at the Southwood Shores Condominiums on Route-HH. Assistant Chief Matt Birdsley says heavy flames upon arrival prompted a defensive attack including the use of a fire boat. The fire was contained to one building with one tenant taken to Lake Regional suffering from smoke inhalation. There were eight other departments assisting at the scene. The second fire, reported around 5:00 Saturday morning, prompted another response from several districts around the area to the Branding Iron Restaurant and Saloon on North Highway-5 in Sunrise Beach. Chief Jamie Karl says, upon arrival, heavy smoke was showing and the building quickly became fully-involved when ventilation efforts were started. Karl also says that personnel were on the scene for about nine hours and the fire appears to be accidental. Nobody was inside at the time and there were no injuries. The State Fire Marshal’s office was called in to investigate and determine the causes of both fires.
UPDATE: The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District says one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation following an early-morning condo fire at Southwood Shores. The blaze began just before 2am Saturday. Lake Ozark used their waterboat to assist in fighting the fire. They were able to contain it to one building. Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, Rocky Mount, Moreau, Cole County, Jefferson City, Mid-County, and Gravois firefighters provided assistance along with Miller County Ambulance.
Although not many details are available, Lake Area fire district personnel were stretched thin overnight battling two separate commercial fires. Firefighters from Sunrise Beach were toned out to the Branding Iron Restaurant and Saloon on North Highway 5, while firefighters from Lake Ozark were toned out to the Southwood Shores Condominiums on HH near the 12 mile marker by water. According to the LOFPD, the second alarm blaze was contained to one building. Several departments from aroung the Lake Area provided mutual aid to help at the scenes of the two fires. It’s not known at this time if there were any injuries or the causes of the two fires. KRMS News will update the stories as more details become available.