UPDATE: Peoria County Coroner identifies victim in deadly Peoria Heights house fire

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PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. (WMBD) — (UPDATE: 4:50 p.m.) — The Peoria County Coroner released the identity of the woman who died in a house fire Wednesday evening.

Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the victim as 45-year-old Jennifer A Warwick. She was pronounced deceased at 12:20 a.m.

Firefighters found her in one of the main level bedrooms of the house at 3725 N. Illinois Ave. during their second search of the home.

An autopsy revealed Warwick had suffered severe smoke inhalation. She was found with extensive burns on her body.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly and said one occupant of the home was able to exit the building with no injuries.

At this time, fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

(PREVIOUS) — One person died Wednesday night in a house fire.

Peoria Heights Fire Chief, Greg Walters at the scene said the call came in around 11:30 Wednesday night for a fire on Illinois Avenue near War Memorial Drive.

Peoria Heights Police officers arrived to the scene first, and were unable to enter the home due to the amount of smoke and heat inside.

When The Peoria Heights Fire Department arrived, they found heavy black smoke coming from the front windows of the home.

Other departments from Peoria, West Peoria, Chillicothe, and Limestone aided in knocking down the fire.

After the fire was extinguished, crews performed an initial search of the home and did not find anything. Crews performed a second search of the home and a woman in her 40’s was found in a bedroom.

Officials said she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy of the victim will be done by the Peoria County Coroner. No other information about the victim has been released at this time.

Fire crews said the fire did not spread to neighboring homes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Illinois State Police Criminal Investigations Division.

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