(KMOV) -- Officials said weather conditions were a major factor in a fire that spread to three vacant homes Wednesday morning in East St. Louis.
According to authorities, the fire started around near the intersection of South 22nd Street and Bond Avenue around 1 a.m.
When fire crews arrived on the scene three homes were on fire. Thick smoke blanketed the area around the homes.
East St. Louis Assistant Fire Chief Derek Burns said the weather played a role in the fires. Crews' said their main goal was to keep it from spreading to other structures.
"On days like this when the conditions are very dry and the winds are high, we were concerned with exposure. There was a church across the street we were trying to protect and several other houses that were in the vicinity," said Burns.
A homeless man and his dogs were in one of the homes when it caught fire, but he and the dogs were able to escape without injury.
No one else was injured.
Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.
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