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Large fire halts traffic in downtown Carbondale

Crews from across southern Illinois have been called in to help

Crews from multiple emergency agencies remain on the scene of a large fire in downtown Carbondale.

The old Walnut Street Baptist Church caught fire Monday morning. Crews from Carbondale, Murphysboro, Carterville, DeSoto, Herrin, DuQuoin, and Marion are working to battle the flames.

An emergency alert went out for the area, as personnel shut down University Avenue and fire crews pulled personnel out and away from the building. Much of the area around Carbondale's City Hall is closed to traffic at the noon hour.

Carbondale's City Council just last week voted to demolish part of the building. There's no word yet on what may have started the fire, or if anyone has been injured.

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