by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – A home in Branson is deemed a total loss following a suspected flue fire Wednesday night, which left two firefighters injured.
The Western Taney County Fire Protection District was called to the scene of a residential structure fire on 184 Hidden Lane at 8:28 p.m., according to Fire Chief Chris Berndt:
Berndt says as they thought they were making progress, the situation took an even more dangerous turn:
Berndt adds one of the firefighters was treated at the scene, while the firefighter transported to the hospital suffered major bruising to his right shoulder, but had been released.
During the fire, crews exhausted the water supply from a fire hydrant and a tanker truck. Nine out of the 12 Western Taney County Fire Stations were on the scene, with a total of 35 firefighters and the Taney County Ambulance District.
The Missouri State Fire Marshall was called in to investigate. Berndt says they cannot confirm the cause was a flue fire, but at this time they cannot rule that out.
At the time of the fire the family was home, but was able to escape unharmed. The family had just moved to Branson from Ohio and were renting the home. The Red Cross was brought in to assist.