A burning Christmas tree makes hard work for Peoria firefighters Tuesday evening.
Several crews were called to The Fresh Market on Lake Avenue around 6:30. Firefighters spent over an hour searching the store for hot spots and trying to find the source of smoke that appeared to be coming through the walls.
Ameren cut power to the market and surrounding buildings, since the cause was believed to be electrical at first. Crews finally traced the smoke back to the burning tree sitting on top of a cooler.
Firefighters say there was heavy smoke and water damage to the building, but very little fire damage. Everybody was evacuated.