No one was injured in a fire at an Alton duplex on Sunday morning in the 1100 block of East 5th Street. Seven people were able to escape the two-story building before Alton firefighters arrived just after 5am yesterday. East Alton and Godfrey fire crews also responded to assist in fighting the blaze.
Alton authorities say the fire appears to have started at the rear of the structure and quickly spread up into the attic. Three dozen firefighters in all responded to the scene and were able to contain the blaze and then battle hot spots for several hours. One firefighter was taken to a local hospital after he was overcome by heat. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.