Ill. officials unsure on fate of historic building

January 16, 2010 8:28:46 PM PST
Officials in Alton are unsure of the fate of an early 19th-century building that was destroyed by a fire earlier this week.Alton Fire Chief Greg Bock says no injuries were reported in the fire at The Mansion House.

The 1834 building has served as a hospital, hotel and boarding school, among other things.

Fire officials have ruled out arson, but the cause remains under investigation.

One of the building's owners, Christine Velloff, says the building is a loss of history, but it's good that no one was hurt.

An official with the Alton Area Landmarks Association says if the building is demolished it'll be a shame.