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Prophetstown Fire: View From The Air

Updated: July 15, 2013 12:10 PM

From the ground, Prophetstown's downtown fire looked bad.

Smoke and flames rising in the air, firefighters scrambling to get water onto the fire.

A view from above helps put this fire and its damage to the downtown in perspective.

KWQC's Mark Stevens takes us for a birds eye view of Monday's fire.

Taking off from Erie Air Park it was difficult to get a sense of how large this fire was.

There was some mist on the horizon but as the sun rose and pilot Jim Robinson climbed higher, we could see the plume of smoke pouring from Prophetstown.

The trail leading us along the sky toward the burning stretch of downtown.

From the air we could see the scale of the firefighting effort.

Trucks staged north of the fire, more trucks came in from the highway.

As firefighters on ladders sprayed gallons of water at the flames still chewing their way through the buildings.

Fire crews also sucked up the Rock River into their tankers.

Trying to quench the thirsty fire belching out smoke from its downtown meal.

Our last pass gave us the best view of the fire's leftovers.

The buildings turned into shells, nothing but walls standing.

A look similar to a bombed out European city in World War Two.

An ugly scene on an otherwise beautiful day in the air.

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