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6 firefighters injured while battling Missouri blaze

Posted at 7:50 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 20:50:52-04

VIENNA, Mo. — Authorities say six firefighters have been injured while battling a house fire in central Missouri.

The Maries County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the explosion happened Friday. The injured firefighters from the Vienna Fire Protection District were taken to hospitals with moderate to severe burns and cuts from flying debris. The post asked for prayers and said to "remember these brave men and woman are volunteers who run into danger with no pay." The fire department didn't immediately return a phone message.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety says the state's Division of Fire Safety is helping the sheriff's office to investigate the cause of the fire.

Vienna is a small town of about 600 residents located about 150 miles (240 kilometers) east of Kansas City.