Wisconsin Avenue Fire leaves one person in critical condition

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 6:27 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Early Sunday morning after 2 a.m. a minor called Peoria Fire Department to report smoke in the home. In transit authorities were told that the home was in flames.

“An adolescent aged child, he was able to wake up and alert all the other family member to the fire,” says Nate Rice, Chief of Fire Prevention.

He says authorities were told that seven people lived in the home but two were still trapped inside. They heled one person crawl out of a bathroom. Another person was found in the rear of the home and rescued from the home.

Prior to the fire departments arrival neighbors came together to help.

“There were a couple people trapped inside, and actually a friend of mine [neighbor] went in there and helped pull them out of the fire. The neighbors banded together to get them out,” said Carlos McDonald, local neighbor.

He says the entire experience was frightening.

“It was just loud screaming. Then I open my door and I was like oh my gosh their house is on fire. My neighbors were outside, they were moving their vehicles because the fire got really close to their cars.”

Once The Fire Department arrived the fire was put out in quickly because multiple crews were there to help.

“Right now, we know the fire was in the kitchen we don’t know what exactly caused that, but it is a good reminder that if you are cooking always be attentive to anything you’re cooking” said Nate Rice, Division Chief of Fire Prevention.

Four of the seven members of the home were transported to OSF Hospital. One person is in critical condition, and another was transported to Springfield Burn Unit.

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