It appears Mother Nature is to blame for a fire in Pinckneyville that killed a young firefighter. It also destroyed two businesses on the town square.
The official cause of the fire is listed undetermined. But, Ron Ridgeway, the owner the Antique Mall says there is a consensus by investigators that lighting is to blame. He says since that day they've worked tirelessly to clean up the mess left behind.
From the windows of her saloon, Sarah Sconce watches as Ridgeway and his wife continue to work to remove the crumbled remains of their business.
"If you look toward the back of the building it's almost cleaned up, you know they are really working hard to clean it up and they're going through it as they are doing it too and there's a lot of brick," Sconce said.
The fire destroyed the Historic Opera House and the Antique Mall.