A fire in Bethalto brought out five local departments to battle the blaze in the 400 block of Park Drive earlier this morning. This followed two fires in Alton on Wednesday that called out several local departments. One injury was reported in the Bethalto blaze, no one was injured in the Alton fires.
The fire in Bethalto broke out just before 1am in the basement of a home in the 400 block of Park. Rosewood Heights, Cottage Hills, East Alton and Holiday Shores joined Bethalto fire crews in fighting the blaze that spread throughout the entire structure. Yesterday in Alton, fire crews were called out to house fires in the 2600 block of Yager Avenue and the 200 block of Hy Vista Drive. Alton fire officials say the blaze on Yager appears to have started from burning yard waste that got out of a control spreading to the house. The structure suffered heavy damage. The fire on Hy Vista appears to have started in a bathroom by a towel covering a work light.
Check back for updates on the fire in Bethalto as more details are made available.