Same place, different night: Overnight fire in Peoria believed to be arson
PEORIA (25 News Now) - The same vacant home on the 2100 block of W. Garden Street was up in flames Thursday night; a familiar scene to emergency crews who had been there just twelve days ago.
According to Peoria Battalion Chief Lore Baxter, crews were called to this week’s fire around 11:15 p.m. Thursday, with the incident under control shortly after midnight.
Baxter tells 25 News, the first fire AT 2118 W. Garden St., happened on July 24.
While no civilians were hurt overnight, Baxter says one firefighter did have to be transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury. As of early Friday morning, that firefighter has since been released.
The home suffered exterior damages costing an estimated $20,000 for repairs.
With no one occupying the address and all of the utilities shut off, a Peoria Fire Department investigator has determined the cause to be arson.
An emergency demolition was ordered as a result of this second fire, along with plans to tear down the remaining structure.
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