UPDATE: Fire at Cairo hotel "suspicious"

By Heartland News

CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - Authorities now call the overnight fire that destroyed the old Roslyn Hotel in downtown Cairo suspicious.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal is investigating the blaze and Cairo fire officials say they have a few leads on how the fire may have started.

The hotel closed several years ago. The building has been vacant since with no working electricity.

The fire department was called to the blaze around midnight. When crews arrived on the scene flames were shooting out windows from both stories of the building.

Once firefighters determined they could do nothing to save the empty building they focused on keeping the fire under control and make sure it did not spread to other buildings.

The Roslyn is on the 600 block of Washington Street.

Fire crews from all over Alexander County and even Wickliffe across the river in Kentucky helped battle this fire.

A Mound City firefighter sustained a knee injury on the scene of the blaze and was taken to the hospital for treatment via ambulance.

The building was constructed in 1910 and was originally the Kennedy Hotel. It became the Roslyn hotel when it was purchased by Roslyn Waite in 1947.

During the Roslyn Hotel's nearly 50 years of operation, the building served as an top-notch hotel, and later as a home for unwed mothers and the homeless.

Waite became known as the "Angel of Cairo" because of her mission work through the hotel.

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