Local family loses home after second house fire, GoFundMe page created

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MEDINA TOWNSHIP, Ill. (WMBD) – Peoria firefighters and paramedics responded Thursday morning to a mutual aid call from the Dunlap Fire Department for a Medina Township home for the second time this week.

Jim Hanson, Dunlap’s Fire Protection Chief, said both departments worked to promptly extinguish both fires.

“We worked in a unified command post with the city of Peoria and extinguished the fire,” Chief Hanson said. ” [We] got it knocked down enough and started releasing the city of Peoria so they could get back to their area.”

Peoria Fire Battalion Chief Clink Kuhlman Fire said the home was considered a total loss after Thursday’s blaze. He said fire crews arrived at 2028 Blackberry Lane just before 6 a.m. and found the home fully engulfed in flames and were able to bring the fire under control in about 45 minutes.

Hanson said when the house originally caught fire Tuesday evening, it caused approximately $175,000 in damages. He said the home’s garage received the most damage in Tuesday’s fire.

Hanson said after the second fire burned the upper level of the house, the family of five met up with the Red Cross for assistance with living arrangements.

“They were meeting up with the Red Cross on Wednesday, I believe, and then also their insurance agent or insurance company,” Hanson said. “So they’ll take care of them from that perspective.”

A GoFundMe page was created by Ash Heeren, a family friend, showing the home belonged to a family of five. It has garnered more than than $3,000 in financial support.

Thankfully the Jennings Family were not home at the time of the fire. Family and friends are holding them up in support and love. Codee and Kimberly have three sweet boys, Liam 7, Levi and Luca who will be 4 in 2 weeks. Let’s rally around them! Thank you.

Ash Heeren, GoFundMe organizer

Chief Hanson said there’s currently no official cause for either fire.

“It started around the garage area initially on Tuesday and I do not know where it started yet today,” Hanson said.

He said both matters have been passed over to the Illinois State Fire Marshal for investigation.

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