A Monday morning fire destroyed a two-story home in the 1300 block of Easton Annex, just off 13th Street, in Alton. The homeowner was in the middle of a rehab project and left the structure for about 45 minutes only to return to find the building in flames around 10:20am. Alton and East Alton fire crews had the fire under control in about an hour. No one was injured.
Homeowner Jayson Smith of Godfrey had been working on the building for several months and told fire crews he lost most of his tools in the blaze. He told fire officials he had turned on the furnace before leaving the home and that may have been the cause of the fire. The fire was contained to the home with some damage to an attached garage.