Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at an old downtown hotel building Monday evening.
Heavy black smoke billowed from the 15-story, building at the corner of 11th and Locust streets. Several streets in the area of the fire were shut down for hoses and equipment.
Officials are working to find the cause of the blaze. The building was vacant and had no electricity.
Firefighters say the fire may have started in the basement.
The fire completely destroyed both the basement and the first floor. The fire chief says firefighters had to literally crawl through black smoke on their hands and knees to get to the source of the fire.
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