East St. Louis firefighters battled a structure fire at a duplex on 52nd and State streets late Sunday night.
Crews on scene said the house was vacant at the time of the fire. The call for the blaze went out at about 10:40 p.m. Sunday.
The house appeared to be a total loss.
Within a half hour, crews were only battling a smaller blaze at the back of the house, near the roof, but flames still rose high.
Two East St. Louis fire trucks responded to the call, as did East St. Louis police.