Four people died early this morning (Oct. 11) in a four-alarm fire at a home in the 500 block of Vineland School Road near the De Soto city limits. Two other people who were unable to escape the second story because stairs had been damaged by fire jumped from a second-story window. The two had extensive burns and were transported to area hospitals, authorities reported.
All six victims were adults, said Capt. Stephen Orr of the Rock Community Fire Protection District, who is acting as the public information officer for the call that involved 15 fire districts or departments from around Jefferson and Washington counties.
Authorities had not released the names of the victims as of late this morning.
A dog also died in the fire, Orr said.
Occupants of the home called 911 at 2:08 a.m., and the first crews on the scene “met with heavy fire conditions and immediately called for additional alarms,” Orr said in a written statement.
Since stairs to the second floor had been damaged by the fire, crews had to use ground ladders to access the second story, the report said.
“Interior search crews were able to locate four deceased occupants,” according to the report.
The fire was under control by 5 a.m., but crews remained on the scene to “continue with extensive overhaul operations,” the report said.
Orr said there is no indication the cause of the fire was suspicious, but the Jefferson County Fire Investigation Team and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the fire to determine the cause.
“The American Red Cross and the Jefferson County Fire Chaplains group are currently working with the families of the victims,” the report said.