UPDATE: Occupant of Linn Street apartment confesses, arrested for overnight arson

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UPDATE: (3:20 p.m.) — The occupant of the apartment where the Linn Street fire originated has been arrested after admitting they started the overnight arson.

Peoria Police Public Information Officer Semone Roth said 34-year-old George E. Love has been arrested for aggravated arson that started in the second story of a four-story apartment complex Tuesday morning.

Roth said three people, including Love, were taken to a local hospital. Police will take Love to the Peoria County Jail once he has been medically cleared.

28 residents were displaced during the arson, and half were allowed back into the building on the side not impacted by the arson. The Red Cross provided housing for the remaining displaced residents.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Three people were taken to a local hospital after a fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Peoria apartment complex.

Peoria Firefighters received reports of a structure fire on N. Linn St. near W. Republic. When crews arrived on the scene, they located fire coming from the second story of a four-story apartment complex.

Multiple fire crews searched the apartment floors for victims, rescuing two from the third floor. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Additional companies were called to assist with the fire. About 28 residents were displaced during the fire, and half were allowed back into the building on the side not impacted by the fire. The Red Cross provided housing for the remaining displaced residents.

The apartment fire was under control within 20 minutes, and Fire crews remained on scene for another two and a half hours.

After a Peoria Fire investigator was called in, it was determined the cause of the fire resulted from arson.

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