An elderly man was hospitalized after being rescued from a burning house in the 400 block of Augusta in Alton on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters arrived to find family members telling them that John Ammons Sr. was still inside residence. Crews found Ammons in a bedroom and pulled him out through a bedroom window before he was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital where he remained hospitalized.


Several other family members escaped the flames that charred much of the basement. Fire department officials report the home was seriously damaged and is unable to be occupied. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Ammons was listed as being in the intensive care unit late Thursday night, but his condition was otherwise unknown.