"ENGULFED"

by Brenda Nelson January. 29, 2014 3961 views

Last time we came to our condo in Branson, we got to see the stranded Southwest jet take off. Today, we got here just in time to see a huge condominium fire about a mile from our place. So, we wheeled off the road and walked over (as close as we could get) to snap a few photos. As we were leaving, a young woman came flying into a near-by parking place and ran down the hill to see her home going up in flames. I hope there weren't animals trapped in the blazes.

The smoke plume is what drew us to the fire from about 5 miles away!

There were six separate units (condos) in this 3-story building

Larry was watching the front of the building where the fire started

My heart lurched when I saw this firefighter nearing the end of a 60-foot ladder!

It almost looked as if the stream of water was on fire, too!

There was a small explosion in the building - you can see him trying to avoid being hit by the debris!

The flames below him looked so ominous!

I was standing by the man and his family who live in the brick home on the left side of the photo. We were concerned that the fire might blow over and inflame his structure. Then we both noticed the fire break out of the end of the burning building….and….

…in a matter of minutes, the whole end of the building was on fire!

The firemen moved the water ladder over to that end of the fire, so they could contain it from adjacent buildings!

My brother was a firefighter - and I wondered about all the times he had responded to fires, trying to save lives and property.

It was only 26 degrees while we were watching this tragedy, and the water on the concrete froze in just minutes.

I changed this shot to black and white - it just seemed appropriate, as they went about their business.

Great job, Taney County Fire and Rescue!

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Sara G 6 years, 8 months ago

Soooooooo sad! Terrific shots and reporting dj! :-)

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Helen Hooker 6 years, 8 months ago

Such a sad sight but great reportage.

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Josy 6 years, 8 months ago

What sadness and what emotion! Great captures Brenda !

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Honeybee 6 years, 8 months ago

These shots were well done, you captured so many real live moments. My heart goes out to the residents...

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 8 months ago

Yikes, great report!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Kenny H 6 years, 8 months ago

Dramatic stuff. Darn shame though...

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Yves Monast 6 years, 8 months ago

great report well done...

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 6 years, 8 months ago

#14 & 16 are fantastic shots, Brenda... Very powerful and dramatic post...

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 6 years, 8 months ago

Great coverage of this fire.....

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 6 years, 8 months ago

Horrific poor woman..........the captures show the horror of this incident........

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