Men injured after fire destroys condo at Lake of the Ozarks

2 years 1 month 1 day ago March 23, 2015 Mar 23, 2015 Monday, March 23 2015 Monday, March 23, 2015 5:07:00 PM CDT in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Nick Komisar, KOMU 8 Reporter
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SUNRISE BEACH - An early morning fire injured four men and destroyed a condominium at the Lake of the Ozarks Monday.

Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Reilly said the fire at the Lone Oak Point Resort started around 4 a.m. One of the four men inside the condo at the time told KOMU-8 he heard a loud bang and opened a door to find flames in the living room.

The men ran out to the deck of the condo and attempted to call 911 but were unsuccessful because their cell phones did not have reception. All four of the men jumped from the deck and fell about 10 feet to the ground. 

Chuck Fritsch was one of the men staying in the condo. He said he was worried one of his friends wasn't going to make it out. 

"The last one, Mikey. It took him a while to get out," Fritsch said. "We were worried about him that he wasn't coming out, but he finally did come out. He had to get down on the floor and crawl out because the fire was really spreading fast." 

One of the men suffered a broken collar bone and another with a fractured vertebrae was airlifted to a Columbia hospital where he will be held overnight. 

Despite the injuries, Fritsch said it is a blessing no one was killed.

Reilly said additional water to fight the fire was brought in on tankers because of a shortage of hydrants. He said the building was an entire loss, but firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to other condominiums.

The men, all in their 70s, were in town from Wisconsin for the week for a golfing trip. 

Chief Reilly said there was not a known cause of the fire and there is no damage cost estimate, but the building is an entire loss.

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