A two-alarm brush fire that destroyed several buildings in rural Franklin County Thursday night is prompting a warning from fire officials.
It took dozens of firefighters more than an hour to extinguish a brush fire along Highway BB near Beverly Court in Cedar Hill. No one was hurt, but the fire destroyed a camper and several out buildings in the rural community.
Cedar Hill Fire Chief Terry Soer says the blaze began as a controlled burn that got out of hand. The chief told Fox 2 News that brush fires are a real risk this time of year.
"Right now we're really concerned because of the low humidity," he said. "The leaf cover is very heavy. Obviously, we're encouraging people -- no burning outside, or anything like that."
Chief Soer says the rain that's expected this weekend will take some of the pressure off.
Charges are filed against a man accused of lighting a dog on fire.
A north St. Louis resident came home in late August to find that his dog, a pit bull named Zeus, was missing. The owner's neighbor called police to say he found Zeus badly burned in the back yard. The Humane Society took Zeus and was forced to put the dog down due to the severity of the burning.
Prosecutors say Wesley Reid attacked the dog. Investigators examined Reid's phone and discovered he was in the area at the time of the attack and he sent text messages indicating he planned on burning the dog.
Reid faces up to four years in prison if convicted.