NEAR BRANSON, Mo. — Fire damaged a funeral home Thursday night.
Courtesy: Perla Flores
Western Taney County firefighters responded to the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home Thursday just before 10 p.m. The funeral home is located on East Highway 76 on Mount Branson. Firefighters closed the highway for about four to five house to fight the fire. Crews had to lay a water line across the highway in order to supply firefighters with water.
One person who lives about a block from the funeral home tells KY3 News she heard “what sounded like tires exploding” shortly after the fire started.
The fire chief says there was nobody being prepared for services in the funeral home at the time of the fire.
The assistant fire chief for the Western Taney County Fire District said it didn't take long for the fire to spread to the attic. "One part of the building over on your left side is still intact. It's because it has a separate roof line and separate attic. Unfortunately older buildings with that common attic allow the fire to spread pretty quick," said James Lannan.
Lannan said building codes at the time didn't require sprinklers.
Firefighters worked in very cold temperatures, which made operations more difficult.
"Obviously, we were battling temperatures as much as we were battling the fire itself. We were hovering in the middle teens, as far as temperatures go, with wind chills in the single digits," Lannan said. "It definitely impedes some of the function of the firefighters as they're working. So, we get water on the ground, it creates ice, which is a slip hazard."
No one was hurt in the fire. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
Maketha Martin captured the video above.