House a ‘total loss’ after fire

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The American Red Cross is helping two children and one adult displaced after a house fire this afternoon in Peoria.

Crews were called to 1535 S Lydia Ave around 12:26 p.m. Thursday. They found the back part of a home on fire and heavy smoke coming from the rear, southeast corner of the single-story home.

Battalion Chief Rick Morgan said crews on scene reported hearing small explosions from the backyard.

The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes, no one was home at the time. Morgan said the home appears to be a total loss, and the damage is estimated to cost $25,000.

No civilian injury was reported, One firefighter sustained an injury to his left ankle, and was taken to OSF for treatment.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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