ALTON - The massive fire in the 300 block of East 13th Street in Alton has a state marshal's fire investigator at the property on Monday, April 29, 2024, to probe the scene.

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Shown here are drone photos of the scene on Monday morning. The drone photos show the mass devastation of the fire.

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Alton Deputy Fire Chief Matt Fischer said the state fire marshal's office was contacted early Monday to investigate the property. The fire at the home has caused a "total loss," Fischer said on Monday morning.

Fischer was very appreciative of the efforts of the Godfrey Fire Protection District and East Alton firefighters.

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Aerial trucks had to be used to fight the fire, which was in very difficult terrain, the deputy chief said.

Both sides of the house were big drop-offs, which made it even more difficult, he said.

He also added that the fire took until 2 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2024, to extinguish and the fire call came out at 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Lightning appearances in the area sparked the Alton Fire officials to call off the aerial trucks around 1 a.m. on Monday.

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