Cremation oven sets Jefferson County mortuary on fire

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – There was a second alarm fire at a mortuary in unincorporated Jefferson County Tuesday at about 5:00 a.m.

The fire started at the Schaefer Mortuary Service on Old Missouri 21 near Arnold. It quickly moved to a second alarm fire when the Saline Valley Fire Protection District discovered several bodies had to be moved out.

“They had finished operations of cremation of a body and one of the ovens malfunctioned and started an attic fire,” Fire Chief Bob Dunn said.

Schaefer mortuary is not a funeral parlor  but provides mortuary services to local and out of town funeral homes.

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