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A Cedar Hill Fire Protection District firefighter was hurt and a firetruck was totaled in a June 5 crash on Hwy. Y south of Tierney Farms Lane in Dittmer, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

At 9:40 p.m., Cedar Hill Engineer Kalin Graff, 23, of Fenton was driving a 2005 Pierce Sabre firetruck south on the highway, responding to a call to assist the De Soto Rural Fire District with a fire involving two structures in Ware, authorities reported.

On the way to the call, the truck ran partly off the right side of the road, and then Graff overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn and then run off the right side of the road, where it struck a fence, the patrol reported.

Cedar Hill Fire Chief Mick Fischer said Graff has been with the department for three years. Graff, who was wearing a seat belt, was moderately injured and taken by Valle Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Fischer said the district purchased the firetruck brand new for $361,933 in 2005 and is working with its insurance company to replace it. In the meantime, the district is using a backup firetruck.

De Soto Rural Fire Chief Tom Fitzgerald said the fire involved two out buildings at a home on Ware Church Road.

“The fire started in a 20-by-20 foot structure,” Fitzgerald said. “It had spread to a 40-by-60 storage building. Crews were able to stop the fire at the storage building. It had minor damage. The first building was destroyed. The residence was not affected.”

No one was injured in the fire or while fighting it, Fitzgerald said.

He said the cause of the fire is not known but is not considered suspicious. He also said today (June 11) that the fire is still under investigation.

In addition to Cedar Hill Fire, the De Soto Fire Department and the Hillsboro Fire Protection District helped with the call, and the Jefferson R-7 Fire Protection District moved up to cover De Soto Rural calls. The Valle Ambulance District also responded to the scene.