Peoria firefighters rescue resident from early apartment fire

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria firefighters responded to a building fire on Spring Street early Monday morning.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the 704 Spring St. apartments in Peoria just after 3:20 a.m.

Firefighters said the residents from the second story of the apartment were already out of the building when crews arrived. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, and the fire was contained to the room of origin.

While crews searched the first floor of the apartment, they found a resident getting ready for work.

Casey Lawrence Cooper said he lost many valuable items due to water damage but was thankful he’s alive and safe.

“When I opened the door they said hey there’s a fire bud you need to get out and then that’s when I realized it. I opened up my door and water was just in everywhere. You just don’t think it will happen to you and then it does and you don’t know what to do,” said Cooper.

Cooper said he will be contacting his landlord for a temporary place to stay.

Ameren arrived on scene after to secure utilities, and the fire investigator determined the cause of the fire to be accidental.

WMBD had a crew headed to the scene as of 6:35 a.m. Monday and will update viewers on-air during our Morning Rush.

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