Mysterious Fire Destroys Animal Rescue Group’s Transport Vehicle

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CEDAR HILL, MO (KTVI)-- A Jefferson County rescue group is looking for help after a mysterious fire destroyed its only transport vehicle.

An SUV is a burned out loss. The fire left nothing more than a couple aired up tires. Now the group is looking for help to replace a car that helped them in its daily work.

Debi Baker couldn`t believe her eyes when she woke up Thursday morning there was a blaze right outside her front door.

“I always look to see my horses in the morning,” she said. “My SUV that we use for transport was on fire, I mean on fire.”

The Cedar Hill Fire Department put out the blaze. But how did it all start?  We called Jefferson County investigators to find out if it was arson and we`re told the cause is unknown.

“In those hot, hot temperatures when it was 108, I might get it, but it was cool this morning. To look out the window and see it on fire my heart was pounding out of my chest,” said Debi.

Debbie says the transport car which only had liability insurance was parked for a few weeks because of a flat. Burned out papers and transport crates are all that`s left in the car.  The group had the donated car for a year and planned to trade it in to cut costs.

'The money here goes to the animals. The money shouldn`t be going to gas or to take care of a big vehicle like this and it’s an older vehicle with high mileage,” stated Debi.

Now all 30 of the Rainbow Ranch`s volunteers have to find new ways to care for the 50 animals on site.  At least until they get a new set of wheels to care for animals who need it the most.

“We`ll have to scrap out what we`ve got here and go from there. Hopefully someone will step up and donate another vehicle or offer to help in some way,” said Debi.

Luckily there were no injuries and all of the animals are ok.  So far more than 330 animals have been rescued rainbow ranch since they started in 2010. For more info you can go to or call 636-274-3385.

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