Woman rescued from Bagnell Dam Strip fire

The “We’re Talkin T-Shirts” gift shop on Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark was destroyed by fire late Thursday. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

The “We’re Talkin T-Shirts” gift shop on Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark was destroyed by fire late Thursday. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — Police officers late Thursday rescued a woman from a burning T-shirt shop on the Bagnell Dam Strip before firefighters arrived.

According to Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples, police received a 911 call about the fire at 11:35 p.m. When the officers arrived, they found the owner’s daughter, Lori Jett, yelling for help from a second-story window.

The building was filled with smoke and flames. The officers urged the woman to climb onto a porch roof so they could lift her to safety.

“Lake Ozark police officers Corporal Jeff Skinner and Officer Justin Romito, along with (911) dispatcher Mindy Price, did an excellent job of helping this victim escape the fire without serious injury,” Maples said.

Maples said he believes the dispatcher’s phone instructions to the victim and the officers’ help in removing her from the porch roof were “instrumental in saving the woman’s life.”

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