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Two injured after police chase ends in crash, fire in Berkeley

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BERKELEY, MO (KTVI)- State police troopers are investigating what led to a crash early Friday morning in Berkeley. Three cars were wrecked, including a police cruiser. Authorities have confirmed that two people, including a police officer are in the hospital in serious condition. The officer has been identified as 49-year-old Robert Brooks.

Officers responded to the crash around 2: 45 a.m. near the intersection of 4th Street and Jackson.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, when their officers arrived, two of the cars were completely engulfed in flames. Those flames spread to the home located in the 5900 block of Jackson. The fire set the right side of the house ablaze, forcing the family out.

A different Kinloch officer was in pursuit of a black Monte Carlo. The car reached the intersection and collided with another Kinloch police cruiser, that had a ride-along as a passenger.

That officer and passenger were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

That Monte Carlo flipped, went airborne and landed on top of the sedan that had been parked in the family's driveway. Those two cars caught fire and the fire spread to the house.

The officer pursuing was not injured or involved in the crash. The other officer and passenger are still in the hospital.