WHITE HALL, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Firefighters in White Hall, Illinois responded to a massive blaze Tuesday morning.
Fire crews were battling the flames at three buildings in the 110 block of Main Street around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.
The fire started in an apartment in one of the buildings and spread to a vacant building to the south and an antique shop on the north.
"It had flames coming out 100 feet or better," Toby Roberts, a witness, said.
As fire crews across the county fought the flames, a blanket of smoke covered parts of the east side of White Hall.
"I live three blocks away, three streets away, and it was covering my house," Ashley Tupper, a homeowner nearby, said.
The blaze became increasingly hard to fight due to low water pressure, which meant that water had to be trucked in from about three miles down the road, according to fire officials.
"Oh my goodness, this is going to devastate the downtown area because we've lost almost three quarters of a block here," Fire Chief Gary Sheppard said.
The downtown area of White Hall is about eight blocks long.
Sheppard said that he has some suspicions about how the fire started, but did not share those details.
It is unknown if anyone was inside the buildings at the time of the fire.
White Hall is located about 70 miles north of St. Louis in Greene County.
The investigation is ongoing.
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