Firefighters battle flames, cold in High Ridge

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HIGH RIDGE, MO(KPLR) - Six people escaped a burning home in High Ridge Saturday morning, but their home could not be saved. The three adults and three children were all uninjured.

Around 8:45am, a call came in of a fire at the home on Kendrick Lane, just off Highway 30. The family had tried to put it out using a small extinguisher, but the fire was just too big.

Due to the cold, crews from seven different departments responded: High Ridge, Eureka, Fenton, Cedar Hill, Saline Valley, North Jefferson, and Antonia. That allowed firefighters to rotate in and out of battling the flames and allowed for backup equipment in case anything froze up.

High Ridge Fire Chief Michael Arnhart says the fire likely started in a bedroom, possibly because of a furnace. No official cause has yet to be determined. The Red Cross is providing assistance to the family.

One firefighter was injured after stepping into a hole outside the home and was taken to the hospital to be checked out.