UPDATE (2:54 p.m.)– The Interim Fire Chief of Peoria Heights, Matthew Schadt, said the structure fire started in the attic around 11:11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Heavy smoke was seen coming from the second floor. Firefighters attempted a fast attack up the stairs but were quickly pushed back by the flames and smoke.
Thankfully, the fire was under control within 20 minutes with the help of multiple fire companies.
Two people were escorted out of the building. No injuries have been reported.
At this time, the cause of the fire is undetermined and is believed to be a total loss.
PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. (WMBD) — Multiple local fire crews responded to a structure fire near Moneta and California avenues in Peoria Heights on Wednesday.
According to a Peoria Heights Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Facebook post, crews on the scene have reported a working fire with heavy smoke in the attic of Surf Side Storage.
Peoria Heights, Peoria, West Peoria, Dunlap, Chilicothe and Limestone fire departments have all responded to the scene.
Residents are encouraged to avoid the area.
WMBD has a crew on the scene and is working to learn more.
This story will be updated.