Man Saved From Burning Home in East St. Louis

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) - Fire officials in the Metro East are investigating several overnight fires.  Fire crews on the scene of a fire at Bond and 22nd Street in East St. Louis were able to rescue a homeless man from a burning home. Investigators believe the fires are suspicious. Now a ruptured gas main is causing more concern.

When the fires started, you could hear explosions near the scene. The fires started around 1 a.m. and quickly spread from structure to structure with the winds that were blowing.

Three to four vacant homes were destroyed by flames.  FOX 2 Roadrunner Bobby Hughes was the first news crew on the scene. He actually noticed a man inside one of the homes. He told firefighters about the man and they got him out.

It turns out the man is homeless and had been staying in one of the homes for some time. The man says he was asleep and his dog woke him up.

Fire fighters were able to contain the fires to those vacant homes and the gas main rupture is under control.

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