PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Fire investigators determined that an late Thursday night fire at an apartment complex as “intentional.”
Around 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 5, the Peoria Fire Department responded to a fire at Lexington Hills Apartments, where a fire had broken out.
The fire began on a second-story balcony but spread to a third-story balcony. Additional, fire crews were sent to search the 12-unit building.
After the fire was put out, an investigator, whose job it is to determine the cause and origin of the fire, found the fire was intentionally set. If charges are filed, then a person could possibly face arson counts.
According to a report filed at the Peoria Police Department on Friday and online jail records, a woman was given a notice to appear later in court in connection with the apartment fire. No formal charges are pending against her as of Friday evening.
Damage caused by the fire displaced residents of all units, leaving 19 people to search for a place to stay. Of those, three adults were able to find a place to stay and the local chapter of the American Red Cross provided accommodation for the other 11 adults and five children.
At this time, no injuries have been reported, but the Peoria Fire Department estimated damages to be about $100,000.