Lexington Hills fire ruled arson, residents say they are not surprised

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Published: Mar. 29, 2022 at 9:48 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The management office of a publicly-subsidized housing complex burned overnight, Monday. The Peoria Fire Department has now ruled the Lexington Hills Apartments fire an arson. Residents at the complex say they are not surprised a fire happened after recent tension between residents, property management and hired security.

Residents Heart of Illinois ABC spoke with wanted to remain anonymous. They feared their property managers would retaliate.

“No, I wasn’t surprised at all,” said a woman who has lived at the complex for two years.

She described constant tension between renters, property management and hired security. She said letters were left on their front door, Monday.

“It happened after them letters came out,” said another anonymous resident.

Although, Pinnacle Security says they have responded to an uptick in fights at the complex since the summer. There’s video from the summer of a man walking toward a confrontation with security and a tow truck with a metal pole, and then being tased.

“(Property management) says he’s doing everything to stop the violence,” the resident continued, “But they’re the violence.”

Now, the ladies want to see improvements from security and management.

“Better management, better security,” said the resident.

Peoria Fire Department Interim Chief Shawn Sollberger said they found evidence of a break in and an intentional fire. At this point, the fire department does not have an identified suspect.

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