UPDATE: Peoria County Coroner identifies victim of Wednesday morning fire

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(UPDATE — 4 p.m.) — Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the victim of an early Wednesday morning fire as 24-year-old J’Naysia Marie Hobbs.

Harwood pronounced Hobbs dead at the scene at 6:33 a.m. Due to the extent of the fire damage, Harwood used Hobbs’ dental records to confirm her identity.

According to Peoria Battalion Chief Lore Baxter, the fire happened at 1021 E. Virginia Ave. at approximately 5:09 a.m. Fire crews received reports of the residential structure fire with residents still inside.

When fire crews arrived, they found fire and heavy black smoke coming from a window on the first floor of the home. Crews used an attack line to extinguish the fire and search the home.

Crews found Hobbs inside the home during the search.

Additional crews helped with the search and checked for hidden fire and hot spots. Meanwhile, Ameren was on scene to secure utilities.

One firefighter was injured, and firefighters reported an estimated total of $60,000 in damage to the home.

Although a Peoria Fire Department Investigator was called to the scene, they were unable to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

 At this time, an autopsy is pending.


(PREVIOUS) — Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood confirmed a fire early Wednesday morning was deadly.

Harwood confirmed his office was at a house fire on the 1000 Block of E. Virginia Ave. Wednesday morning. The fire happened at approximately 5 a.m. when fire crews arrived to extinguish the fire.

The Peoria Fire Department had no comment on the scene.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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