UPDATE: Several area departments battle fire in Norwood

Published: May. 24, 2023 at 9:27 PM CDT
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UPDATE (9:30 p.m.) - Neighbors may have saved a family of six Wednesday night after seeing flames shooting from the home next door. That fire would send five agencies to the scene of this normally quiet area in Norwood.

Fire crews were called to North Arrow Avenue, close to Norwood Pub-N-Grub, just after 8 p.m. for an RV, garage and home on fire. The light breeze would help spread the fire into the trees, across the street and even in the ditches.

Limestone Fire Chief Dale Hoerr said six family members were inside watching TV when the homeowner said they heard someone banging on their door to warn them about the flames.

The homeowner told 25News reporter Jenise Rebholz they never met the neighbors who alerted his family to the danger.

All of the structures are a total loss, along with ATV’s and other outdoor toys. Four family cats are unaccounted for.

It’s unclear what caused the fire, but the homeowner believes it started in the garage.

The Red Cross is on scene helping the two adults and four kids who lived in the house.

PEORIA COUNTY (25News Now) - Several area departments were battling a house fire Wednesday evening in the small Peoria County village of Norwood, west of Peoria.

A 25News crew reports from the scene that the home in the 1600 block of North Arrow Avenue appears to be a total loss.

The fire chief said a neighbor saw the fire, and alerted the home’s residents by banging on the door.

Limestone Township, Logan-Trivoli, West Peoria and Bartonville fire departments are all on the scene.

This story will be updated.