An early morning home fire kills four and seriously burns two others in a small community in De Soto, Missouri.
The firefighters got the 911 call shortly after 2 am from someone who was on the second floor of the house.
Stephen Orr, a spokesperson for the De Soto Rural Fire Protection District, said that firefighting crews arriving at the scene were met by two severely burned victims who had just jumped out of the second-floor windows.
Survivors were taken to separate cremation centers in St. Louis as work crews battled the Fire Alarm Four and searched for those still inside.
One of the things that made it really difficult was – besides just putting these victims in the yard, of course, burn victims and taking them right away – knowing that they had four victims inside, trying to reach, and the stairs from the first floor were actually burnt to the second floor. So the firefighters had to use floor stairs from the outside and reach the second floor through the outside windows.
Four adults were found dead, along with the family dog.
15 firefighting departments put out the fire, which was extinguished at 5 am, and the cause is still under investigation.