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At 5 P.M., a second thunderstorm passed over the scene, increasing sustained winds to 20 mph with gusts to 44 mph. This storm lasted about 20 minutes. Aerial master streams from Branson Truck 2 and Western Taney Ladder 54, Engine 31’s deck gun and numerous handlines were used.
Single declared the fire under control at 11 P.M. Mutual aid units began being released at 12:30 A.M. on Thursday, Aug. 2. The last Western Taney County units left the scene at 6:30 P.M. on Aug. 2.
There were no firefighter or civilian injuries. The temperature at the time of the fire was 103 degrees with a heat index of 110 degrees. An investigation was conducted by the Missouri State Fire Marshal. Video evidence showed that the fire started on a second- or third-story balcony on side C. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but a barbecue grill could not be ruled out. Damage to the building is estimated at $14 million. The value of the contents is undetermined. n