by Janet Dabbs
The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District was dispatched to a structure fire 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Deer Valley Campground, near Frankie and Louie’s Restaurant in Sunrise Beach.
On arrival at the lakeside restaurant, firefighters were unable to find the fire.
“We saw a glow up the hill beyond the lakeside restaurant and campground,” Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Karl said.
Firefighters traveled up Montgomery Hill Road and found a mobile home completely engulfed in flames on Pump Hill Road.
Karl said firefighters commenced a defensive attack from the exterior. Since there were no hydrants, water was brought to the scene by pumper trucks.
Firefighters from the Gravois Fire Protection District and the Mid-County Fire Protection District also responded to the alarm.
Besides the trouble finding the home, firefighting operations were made difficult by the narrowness of Pump Hill Road.
“We had a hard-time getting apparatus close to the fire,” said Karl. “It was so tight, we had to bring two trucks in from both directions, and nose them into each other. If it would have been a larger home, it would have been extremely difficult.”
A mobile home 30 feet from the original structure fire was also threatened. Firefighters protected the second trailer, resulting in no damage to that home.
The blaze was brought under control by 3:25 a.m.
The structure was a total loss. There was no one at home during the fire. It is believed to be a second home, belonging to part-time residents.
The cause of fire is undetermined, but not suspicious in nature, Karl said. There were power lines down near the trailer.
One engine, three tankers, one staff car, and seven firefighters responded to this call.