"A resident was trying to put it out, but the water hose was frozen," neighbor Mackenzie Demoss said. "There was 2 pets that I know of that were not accounted for."
According to Garrett Anderson, the Branson public information officer, a call came in shortly after 10:00 a.m. of a structure fire at 125 Cottonwood Trail.
"I just can't believe how quick the fire engulfed the whole thing," neighbor Toni Stump said.
The condo structure is three stories and outside of Branson city limits. The City of Branson Fire and Rescue responded in support of the Western Taney County Fire District.
Though the entire structure was lost, there were no injuries reported.
Combined crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings, which included four more three-story condo buildings and dozens of duplex units in the neighborhood.
"Fire department did an amazing job of getting it contained and not letting it spread anywhere else," neighbor Don Maples said.
Crews also battled a brush fire when the flames from the building spread to some grass and bushes behind it.
"The brush fire, that was an issue, and the building itself, everything was just so dry, and low humidity. And the wind, that clearly did not help matters," Western Taney County Fire Chief Chris Berndt said.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
"They're all right, and that's what's important," neighbor Kody Topper said.
BRANSON, Mo. – Firefighters remain on the scene at noon at a 12-unit, three-story condominium just south of Branson that was destroyed today.
Trucks began arriving at the condo in the Woodlands subdivision shortly before 10 a.m., according to a resident of a neighboring cond. Beverly Eugenio, who lived two buildings away from the structure that burned today, said it appeared all the residents of the condo escaped unharmed, although a couple of pets were not accounted for.
“A friend of mine lives in that building,” she said. “She first detected smoke in her bathroom and got out before it spread to her unit. We have lots of friends who live down there.”
Many of the residents are year-round occupants, she said.
Firefighters were spraying down a nearby duplex unit to prevent it from catching fire, but no other structures appeared to be involved, Eugenio said.
“But the condo is completely destroyed,” she said.
Eugenio estimated a half dozen or more fire trucks and four or five rescue units responded to the fire.
The Woodlands Condominiums are five condo buildings located in the Woodlands subdivision along with numerous duplex residences, just south of fall Creek Road and Maple Leaf Drive near Hwy 165.Greg Gaines of the Southern Missouri Region says the American Red Cross is also responding to help fire victims.
We will post additional information as it becomes available.
BRANSON, Mo. - Numerous fire units are responding to a 2-alarm fire today at The Woodlands condominium on Fall Creek Road in Branson.
Dispatchers with the Western Taney County Fire Protection District said at 11 a.m. today that “a lot of units are there,” but no additional information is yet available.
The Woodlands Condominiums in Branson, Missouri are located off Fall Creek Road and Maple Leaf Drive near Hwy 165.
We will post additional information as it becomes available. Check back for updates.
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