Peoria firefighters called for “possible lightning strike,” which caused apartment building fire in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — UPDATE (10:47 p.m. Wednesday)– The Peoria Fire department released more information about the Incident that occurred on Merle Lane Wednesday.

Batallion Chief Michael Hughes reports a possible lightning strike was what the call originally came in as.

According to the press release, crews reported A high voltage power line arcing against a six-unit apartment at approximately 6:22 p.m.

Firefighters search and evacuated the structure, then called Ameren to help disconnect power to the building.

Before the power could be cut, fires started in the Attic and the back of the apartments.

A fire investigator was called to the scene and determined that the electrical fire caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damages.

Four of the apartment’s occupants that were displaced by the fire are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria Fire Department has responded to an incident near Merle lane and University Street Wednesday.

A WMBD crew on the scene saw smoke and sparks coming from the back of the building.

One neighbor, Leah Grebner, said that the incident was caused by a lightning strike sometime before 6:36 p.m.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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