Five-alarm brush fire in De Soto

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DE SOTO, Mo. - More than dozen fire departments responded to a five-alarm fire Thursday in rural Jefferson County.

The fire started just after 2 p.m. on Peter Moore Lane, approximately 3.5 miles west of De Soto.

So far, the fire has burned some 15 acres, five sheds, and one barn. A residence sustained some damage.

Four firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One firefighter was treated at the scene for debris in his eyes, another suffered a shoulder injury, a third firefighter was burned, and another had undisclosed injuries.

Fortunately for the firefighters, Mother Nature was able to provide an assist. Thanks to a late afternoon rainfall, the De Soto Rural Fire Protection District said their last units were back inside the firehouse by 9 p.m.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. The Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office will continue its investigation Friday morning.