Lake Ozark business goes up in flames

Bagnell Dam Strip fire.

Update Friday, Feb. 24th at 6:00 p.m.:

An investigation is underway after a fire destroyed a popular shop on the Bagnell Dam Strip at the Lake of the Ozarks.

It happened just before 11:30 Thursday night at We're Talkin T-Shirts.

High winds and hard-to-control flames prompted the Lake Ozark Fire Department to seek additional help.

Laure Jett lived above We're Talkin T-Shirts with her parents, who also owned the store.

"Our whole life is going to change,â?? Jett said. â??My dad worked his whole life for that."

Her parents were out of town but she was in bed Friday night when the fire broke out.

"My cats were acting crazy, they came in and woke me up and I thought someone had come in the house so I went to check and I grabbed the door handle and it was hot and I saw smoke going across the front window so I called 9-1-1 and realized I didn't have a way out," Jett said.

That's when Jett said she had to jump to safety out of a second story window.

"I climbed down the roof and the police officers caught me, i had to jump," Jett said.

Not only did Jett and her family lose their home and their business, the community also suffered the loss of the store, which is a staple there.

"Everybody loved my parents, it was the mom and pop shop," Jett said.

And a thriving one, in business for 26 years.

"They've always been here, they get such good business during the summer and stuff,â?? resident Ally Wells said. â??And Iâ??ve even read on Facebook that everyone's all upset about the t-shirt place because they were a place everyone liked to get shirts at and stuff."

As far as rebuilding goes, Laurie said she doubts it will happen.

She said her father is too heartbroken to do so.

Laurie said her family will rely on family, friends, and church.

The state fire marshal is investigating.

Update Friday, Feb. 24th at 11:40 a.m.:

The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District said it was the "We're Talkin' T-shirts" shop was the business that burned early Friday morning.

Fire crews were originally dispatched to the "Shirt Shack", but later learned that's not where the fire was.

Crew have called the "We're Talkin' T-shirts" building a complete loss.

Stay with KRCG News for an update on the story.

Original Story:

Several fire crews battled a fire late Thursday night and Friday morning on the Bagnell Dam Strip at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Lake Ozark fire chief told KRCG that the business the Shirt Shack went up in flames around 11:30 p.m.

He said nearly ten fire departments helped fight the blaze due to the flames and the windy weather.

There were no injuries.

As of right now the cause of the fire is undetermined

The Lake Ozark Fire Department plans to start investigating the cause of the fire Friday morning.