by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – A two-story home near Branson is deemed a complete loss following a Friday afternoon fire.
The Western Taney County Fire Protection District reports at approximately 3:17 p.m. they were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Bear Creek Road. Upon arrival to the scene crews found heavy smoke coming from the exterior of the home and the basement heavily involved in flames.
Due to the age and construction of the home the fire rapidly spread to the first and second floors of the home. Within ten minutes of arrival, the interior floors gave way and exterior walls began coming down, according to the news release.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation as of report time. The homeowner reportedly came home Friday afternoon to find heavy smoke coming up the stairs from the basement of the home. The homeowner attempted to extinguish the fire himself with a water hose and buckets of water, but was unsuccessful. The occupant was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but refused hospital transport.
According to the online news release, there was an estimated 20 to 30 minute delay between the time the fire was discovered and the time 911 was called. Western Taney County Fire Officials say they would like to remind everyone to call 911 immediately if there is ever any fire or smoke in your home.