The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District experienced a busy several hours, as crews responded to a vehicle fire Wednesday night and a structure fire early Thursday morning.

Southern Stone County Fire Public Information Officer Eric Nielsen said that at approximately 7:18 p.m., crews responded to a vehicle fire at Armadillo Lane in Kimberling City. Officers with the Kimberling Police Department reported the fire, which was well involved. 

Ammunition inside the vehicle was discharging due to the heat.

By 7:29 p.m. the vehicle fire had been contained and crews remained on scene to work on hot spots. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire or discharging ammunition. 

At approximately 1:14 a.m., crews were dispatched to a large structure and brush fire on Lake Expressway Trail in Branson West. Upon arrival to the scene, Nielsen said crews found a shop building fully involved and a brush fire beginning to spread around the shop. 

“Crews contained the brush fire to about a quarter of an acre and the fire did not extend into any other structures,” said Nielsen. “The fire damage was so extensive, the cause of the fire could not be determined.

“The homeowner stated he had been working in the shop earlier in the night and had gone to bed. Around 1 a.m. he heard a big explosion and looked out and the shop building was on fire.”

Nielsen added there were no injuries and crews were on scene for a couple of hours. 

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