DESOTO, Mo. (KMOX) – An extensive fire destroys a church in Jefferson County.

The blaze broke out Monday night, destroying the Global Gospel Outreach in DeSoto, which just opened last summer in a rehabbed brick building.

A pair of apartments above the church were also a complete loss.

Two people and a dog were pulled to safety as the fire spread. Firefighters used ladders to rescue those trapped in the building. One woman suffered smoke inhalation and had to be hospitalized.

A total of 15 fire departments responded to the scene.

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