Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.
PEORIA — A fire caused “significant damage” to a North Peoria medical building on Thursday.
Battalion Chief Clint Kuhlman of the Peoria Fire Department said firefighters were called to the OSF Cardiovascular Building, 5405 N. Knoxville Ave., at about 5:10 p.m. on a report of mulch burning near a building.
When they arrived, they realized there was hidden fire in the wall of the five-story building. The fire, Kuhlman said, extended about two and a half stories up the building and smoke permeated throughout the structure.
“There was significant damage to the walls both inside and out,” he said. “And with the smoke damage, they will have to likely to do a through cleaning and rehab before they can get it opened again.”
It took about an hour to fully extinguish the fire and crews remained on the scene at 9 p.m. to continue to ventilate the building.
A firefighter was injured and taken to the hospital. His condition and the cause of the accident wasn’t known though the battalion chief said it didn’t appear to be life-threatening.
No civilians were injured.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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