Firefighter LODD battling Pinckneyville (IL) Blaze from Wall Collapse

ALAN ROGERS ALAN ROGERS / THE SOUTHERN The Kunz Opera House burns out of control Friday, June 17, 2011 in downtown Pinckneyville, Ill.


ALAN ROGERS ALAN ROGERS / THE SOUTHERN The front facade of the Kunz Opera House collapses during a fire Friday, June 17 in downtown Pinckneyville.


A massive two-building fire on the Pinckneyville town square Friday afternoon claimed the life of a Du Quoin firefighter, the fire chief’s son.

Corey Shaw, 22, son of Du Quoin Fire Chief Bob Shaw, died from injuries sustained while combating the fire that engulfed the Pinckneyville Antique Mall and the Kunz Opera House.

The younger Shaw, whom officials described as a son, husband and father, started as a volunteer firefighter in 2010.

During the fire, Perry County Emergency Services Director David Searby confirmed that Shaw was airlifted to a St. Louis-area hospital. Witnesses said the young firefighter was near the east wall of the antique store when it collapsed.

The fire, which began in the antique store, was called in about 3:30 p.m. and quickly spread, according to witnesses.

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