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Mother of 2 dies in Peoria fire


Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 7:29 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Wednesday around 5:08 a.m. the Peoria Fire Department responded to the 1000 block of East Virginia Avenue to find heavy fire and black smoke coming from the back of the house. While searching the home one victim was found inside.

J’Naysia Marie Hobbs, 24, was pronounced dead on the scene at 6:33 a.m. She was a health care worker and mother of two. Her family and loved ones say she was a genuinely sweet person who always put her children first.

The next door neighbor, who would like to remain anonymous, says she was woken by one of her children screaming after seeing flames.

“I called the police before I ran over there. I ran over there, I beat and kicked on the door. It still wouldn’t come open. I just feel real bad, like I know I couldn’t really do anything but I feel real bad. By me being next door and I really can’t do anything.”

She has footage of the house moments before the back of the house burst in flames.

Family and friends say the cause of the fire is suspicious because of alleged trouble from her boyfriend.

“I heard them screaming and she was getting away from him. I would see her getting away from him being mean,” said Ms. Holly, a local neighbor.

The fire department is still investigating the cause of the fire. The Peoria Police department says there is no information to release at this time.

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