CAMERON, Mo. — Authorities in Cameron, Mo., have confirmed one fatality in a fire at a local machine shop.
First responders were called to the scene around 12:30 p.m. Monday to find A-1 Mobile Truck & Tractor Repair, 1520 Pence Road, fully engulfed in flames.
Erin Chubick, public affairs officer for the Cameron Police Department, said the business’s machine shed was occupied when the fire broke out. Authorities learned upon arrival that one person was not able to escape the flames.
“It’s sad to know that someone in our community was a victim of this fire,” Ms. Chubick said.
Dashboard video from the Cameron Fire Department showed flames shooting more than 30 feet in the air before firefighters began battling the blaze. With no fire hydrants in the immediate area, firefighters used tanker trucks and a nearby water tower to contain the flames on a day with high winds.
Authorities could not say if any fuels, gases or chemicals were present that contributed to the severity of the fire. The shop specialized in diesel repair.
Responders from the Osborn Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department and KAW Fire Department assisted with the incident, along with the Cameron Police Department and DeKalb and Clinton counties’ sheriff’s departments.
The Cameron Police Department, Cameron Fire Department and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting an origin and cause investigation. They are being assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol as well as the DeKalb and Clinton counties’ sheriff’s departments.
Ms. Chubick declined to release the victim’s name, age or gender until next of kin has been notified.
It was the second fatal fire in the Cameron area this year. In August, a man and his two children died in a house fire.