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Pet rabbit blamed for starting De Soto fire

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Firefighters believe a pet rabbit may have knocked over candle causing this house in De Soto to catch on fire. Credit: KMOV Firefighters believe a pet rabbit may have knocked over candle causing this house in De Soto to catch on fire. Credit: KMOV
DE SOTO, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A fire that broke out shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday caused significant damage to a two-story duplex in the 900 block of North 2nd Street in De Soto.

Investigators told News 4 the fire appears to have been started by a candle.

"It was possible from candles being lit in an area of the residence, and a pet rabbit possibly knocking over the candle causing the area to catch fire," said De Soto Police Department Captain Michael McMunn.

A neighbor said her son was one of the first to notice something was wrong. 

Nancy Perren said, "The lady actually ran downstairs yelling 'my house is on fire,' and then he said when she got out here the window up there blew out."

The woman who lived upstairs got out of the building unharmed. De Soto firefighter James Maupin lives downstairs and was on duty at the time of the fire. The fire truck he was driving happened to be the first one to arrive on the scene.

Later in the morning, fellow firefighters returned to the burned building to help Maupin carry out personal items that he could salvage. He told News 4 that he was grateful for all the help and support.

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