Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that caused significant damage to an apartment in the 2,400 block of East Broadway Monday morning. Alton and East Alton fire crews were called around 8am to the report of a fire that began in the kitchen. Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says the point of origin appears to be near a trash can and some appliances.
The fire was contained to the building, but emergency crews were on the scene for a few hours to hit hot spots and prevent a re-start inside the walls. The apartment is located near the Town Club restaurant, which was not affected. Initial reports that the resident was pulled from the fire appear to be incorrect. The resident was at the hospital, but apparently for a previously-scheduled appointment, according to Sebold. We apologize for the error.