22-year-old Du Quoin firefighter Corey Shaw passed away due to injuries received while battling a fire that consumed an antique mall and opera house in Pinckneyville, Illinois. He was on a ladder fighting the fire when a wall from the antique mall collapsed onto him. He was first taken to a Pinckneyville hospital then flown to a St. Louis hospital for treatment. Pinckneyville is about 70 miles southeast of St. Louis, MO.
Corey Shaw, 22, was the son of Du Quoin Fire Chief Bob Shaw, officials say. Corey Shaw has served as a firefighter since July 2010.
The fire broke out at the Antique Mall about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, officials say. The vacant Kunz Opera House adjacent to the business also caught fire. It is unclear what started the fire, but lightning is being investigated as a possible cause. The Antique Mall had been around for nearly a century, the mayor says.
Above is a video showing the collapse of the front of the opera house. Reports indicate that Firefighter Shaw was killed by a wall collapsing at the antiques store.
Below are some short videos from Southern.com.
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