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Large fire in Alorton features exploding propane tanks, draws multiple agencies

Large fire destroys vehicles, buildings near East St. Louis

Multiple fire departments responded to a large fire in Alorton near East St. Louis on Wednesday night. On Thursday the State Fire Marshal was seen investigating the fire.
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Multiple fire departments responded to a large fire in Alorton near East St. Louis on Wednesday night. On Thursday the State Fire Marshal was seen investigating the fire.

At least 11 agencies were called to the scene of a fire Wednesday night in Alorton near East St. Louis that engulfed multiple structures.

The fire started just after 7 p.m. in the 3900 block of Bond Avenue, Herb Simmons, director of St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, said.

Alorton Fire Chief DeMario Douglas said the fire scene included a home and a junkyard, according to the EMA’s Facebook page. Firefighters heard multiple explosions from propane tanks and cars at the scene, according to Douglas.

He said Wednesday night there had been no injuries reported.

“Everyone’s out and everyone’s accounted for,” Douglas said. On Thursday, firefighters continued battling hotspots through rain and wind.

Simmons said they had trucks from many mutual aid agencies coming in and out of the scene, including from Brooklyn, Cahokia, Camp Jackson, Dupo, Fairmont City, French Village, Millstadt, Prairie Du Pont, Villa Hills and Washington Park.

“The firefighters out here are trying the best they can to get this under control,” Simmons said Wednesday night before the fire was finally contained.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

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Hana Muslic has been covering breaking news and crime for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.


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