PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — (UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.) — Peoria firefighters and paramedics handled a house fire that totaled a one-and-a-half story house on NE Jefferson St.
Fire crews arrived to the scene and discovered heavy smoke coming from the attic on the upper level of the house. They used attack hoes lines to enter the building and extinguish fire on the first floor, but damage to the stairs left the steps burned out and unable to use.
Firefighters used a ladder to get an attack hose line to the upper level through an attic window and extinguish the fire.
Crews also searched the residence for occupants and found no one home. A Peoria Fire Department Fire Investigator was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. They said a short in the electrical wiring caused the fire.
No injuries were reported.
(UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.) — A house that caught on fire Wednesday morning has been deemed a total loss by a Peoria Fire Department Battalion Chief on the scene.
Battalion Chief Clint Kuhlman said the fire started in the kitchen and spread up to the back stairwell of the home to the attic, giving firefighters a tough time accessing the building to put out the fire.
Kuhlman said no one was home at the time of the fire. Investigators are on the scene.
Wednesday morning, firefighters responded to a house fire at 817 NE Jefferson St. in Peoria.
Smoke was coming off of the side and out of the roof of the building. Firefighters and AMT crews arrived on the scene. There were no visible flames as WMBD arrived at the scene.
The road at NE Jefferson St. was blocked from Wayne St. to Evans St.
This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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