LAKE OZARK, Mo. — Authorities say four brothers were found dead inside a house destroyed by fire near the Lake of the Ozarks.
Lake Ozark Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Matt Birdsley said in a news release that firefighters rushed to the home just before 1 a.m. Thursday.
Lake Ozark Chief Mark Amsinger said when firefighters arrived at the home, three sides of it had collapsed. The fire was so intense responders couldn’t immediately get inside.
Fire crews didn’t know if anyone was home when they arrived. A neighbor told them the family’s vehicle wasn’t there and they suspected the family wasn’t home.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Officials soon found out that four children were inside the home. He said the children’s parents arrived as the fire was raging. It’s not clear where they had been.
The four children, along with two family pets, died in the fire. They were identified as 14-year-old Tyler Otto, 8-year-old Carson, 5-year-old Max and 4-year-old Levi.
State fire marshal investigator Steve Grass said it’s unlikely a cause will be determined because the damage was too extensive. But investigators do not suspect foul play.
Investigators didn’t find any smoke detectors, but Grass said they might have been destroyed in the blaze.