Fire on Old St. Louis Road
Several agencies responded to a house fire in unincorporated St. Clair County that closed down part of Illinois 13 on Thursday afternoon.
Just after 2 p.m., Signal Hill Fire Department was called to the scene of a house fire in the 9800 block of Old St. Louis Road, a firefighter from the department said. Camp Jackson, Millstadt, Northwest and Villa Hills fire departments were called for mutual aid.
The only occupant of the house, a man, was able to get out and dial for help when he noticed smoke inside, Signal Hill Fire Chief Tom Elliff said. The fire was “hidden” inside the walls of the house, he said. That allowed it to work its way from first to second floor.
“It took us a while to find it,” Elliff said.
Both lanes of Old St. Louis Road/Illinois 13 were closed for around an hour before crews got the fire under control at 3:11 p.m.
Heavy smoke could be seen from the house from two blocks away. The cause of the blaze was still under investigation and Elliff said the department would meet with the state fire marshal’s office on Friday morning.
Elliff said that though the house was not a total loss, there was significant damage where fire got inside of the walls and on multiple floors.
“The house could be repairable depending on age,” he said.