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(Photos courtesy of the Mid-County Fire Protection District)


Published October 24, 2018

Arson ruled in 5-81 motel fire, man arrested

CAMDEN COUNTY – A two-alarm fire at the 5-81 Motel/apartments last Wednesday morning has been ruled arson and an arrest has been made in the case.

On October 17, at 9:02 a.m., the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire at the 5-81 Motel/Apartment complex on Old Route 5 just north of Camdenton.

While firefighters were responding to the fire, numerous 911 calls were received indicating this was a working fire.

The Osage Beach Fire Protection District and Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District were also dispatched to respond to the fire.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire involvement on the first and second floors of the structure. A second alarm was struck and units from the Lebanon City Fire Department and the Southwest Camden County Fire Protection District responded.

Firefighters used several hand lines and began a fire attack while other firefighters began a search of the multiple units involved with fire. All occupants were able to get out of the fire before firefighters arrived with one occupant suffering minor injuries from a fall.

Three pets did perish in the blaze.

The fire involved five units and the office which are considered a total loss. Several other units had smoke and or water damage. The fire was brought under control in approximately 45 minutes.


An investigation led to the arrest of Rocco Vaglica, 45, of Camdenton, MO.

Vaglica has been charged with Arson 1st Degree (felony) and was being held on a $250,000 cash bond. The cause of the fire was investigated by the MCFPD Fire Marshal, The Missouri State Fire Marshal and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.

MCFPD responded with one engine, four tankers and one ladder.

In addition to the agencies listed above, MCFPD was assisted at the scene by the Camden County Ambulance District and the Camden County Emergency Management.

The American Red Cross responded with a canteen for emergency personnel and occupants as well as a disaster response team to assist the displaced residents.

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