UPDATE (9:04 p.m.) — The Peoria Fire department has released more information about the fire at Glen Oak Towers in Peoria Monday.
According to a Peoria fire press release, fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental.
Seven residents of the building were transported to local hospitals, with three in critical condition. No firefighters have reported injuries at this time.
Temporary housing has been provided to approximately 40 residents, with the remaining residents returning to their apartments.
(UPDATE — 2:30 p.m.) — Approximately 130 residents were impacted by a fire at Glen Oak Towers in Peoria Monday.
Residents at the Glen Oak Towers off of Main Street woke up to a fire alarm at approximately 6:30 a.m. According to the Peoria Fire Division Chief Rick Morgan, heavy smoke was detected on the fourth floor of the building as firefighters arrived.
“The person in the apartment of origin was transported to the hospital, but I don’t know his status at this time,” said Morgan.
The division chief said there were about 150 people in the building at the time. While some made it outside, others were asked to stay in their apartments.
“Evacuation was a huge challenge,” said Morgan.
He said they called for “protection in place” due to some disabled residents.
“Once we determined that those floors were clear, it was better just to leave them in their apartment. Our crews obviously contained the fire to the room of origin, but although we did that, this building did suffer major heat and smoke damage,” said Morgan.
There is smoke damage on the fourth and fifth floors. He said the third floor is suffering from water damages after containing the fire.
Since Monday morning, volunteers with the American Red Cross of Illinois have been providing snacks, water, and comfort to impacted families at the Peoria Civic Center.
Additionally, the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Team was on site from the beginning providing displaced residents with snacks, lunch, drinks, and blankets and the first responders with lunch and drinks. The team will also be serving dinner to them Monday evening.
The fire is still under investigation.
PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria firefighters are battling a fire at the Glen Oak Towers located on Main Street.
The call came in just before 7:00 a.m. Monday.
WMBD has a crew on the way to the scene and will provide updates when more information in available.