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Multiple alarm fire injures Illinois firefighter

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Firefighters from nearby communities assist in putting out the fire
  • The fire damaged an old antique mall and the town's opera house

(CNN) -- A multiple alarm fire injured one firefighter and sent him to a local hospital Friday in Pinckneyville, Illinois, an emergency official said.

Firefighters from nearby communities worked to extinguish the flames as smoke billowed out of the buildings and onto the streets, video showed.

The flames consumed two large buildings -- an old antique mall and the opera house -- in Pinckneyville's town square, said David Searby, Perry County's emergency management director.

The firefighter was sent to the hospital after a wall apparently fell on him; his condition is unknown, Searby said.

CNN's Greg Morrison contributed to this report.