Brian Kelly @brpkelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -Smoke filtered through a swath of East St. Louis this morning, as a vacant two story apartment building at 25th and Louisiana burned to the ground. Fire Chief Jason Blackmon tells KMOX they got the call shortly before 7:00 a.m. and within a short time the entire structure was engulfed in flames. “We had enough personnel here to handle this. This is the equipment that we have so, we came in with our ladder truck. We came in with our two pumpers and we’re getting the job done.”

The firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to a gas station across a driveway, but the heat melted some siding. Power to the immediate area was interrupted as at least one transformer exploded.

For a while the smoke stretched all the way north to I-64 and beyond. Blackmon doesn’t think it contained any hazardous materials. “It’s an old vacant apartment building. So, I’m assuming it’s furniture that’s old. The furniture that’s left in there, mattresses and things of that nature.”

No one was injured. The fire’s cause is not known.

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