OSAGE BEACH - Fire crews battled strong winds for three hours early Sunday to put out a house fire in Miller County. Crews from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District responded at about 3:20 a.m. to the fire at 17 Nichols Rd. The occupants of the single-story house were already out by the time crews arrived, but firefighters worked to successfully rescue two pets from the home.
Strong winds fanned the flames and additional units from Mid County Fire, Lake Ozark Fire, Sunrise Beach Fire, and Brumley Fire all responded to assist. A total of 12 units and 23 people fought the fire.
Investigators said a natural cover fire spread to the residence, causing the blaze there. The cause of the natural cover fire is still under investigation.
Investigators estimate the damage to the structure to be about $35,000. One resident was checked for smoke inhalation, but refused treatment.