A Peoria fire displaced about 35 residents at an apartment complex, as crews worked to repair the damages.
Peoria Fire “Accidental in Nature”
The Peoria fire broke out at Glen Oak Towers on the morning of November 1, 2021. At approximately 6:30 a.m. on that date, residents were woken up by a fire alarm.
Firefighters arrived at the scene of the Peoria fire shortly afterward and found heavy smoke coming from the building’s fourth floor. According to Peoria Fire Chief James Bachman, the fire had started in Apt. 405. It was reportedly accidental in nature.
One resident reported that all of the tenants made it out of the building with the help of first responders as the fire department doused the blaze. Seven people were transported to an area hospital. The remainder were taken first to the Methodist Atrium building, and then to the Peoria Civic Center. They also received assistance from the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.
Several Ceilings, Fixtures Broken
Several ceilings in Glen Oak Towers were still broken the following afternoon. Some light fixtures were also dangling from their bases because of water damage.
A Glen Oak Towers property manager confirmed that employees are using fans to address the water damage and alleviate the stench from both smoke and fire. Residents on the fifth to fifteenth floors were able to return to their apartments the same night. The first four floors remained vacant as of the next day.
Chief Bachman said that floors one through three sustained either smoke or water damage, while floors four and five only sustained smoke damage.
Those displaced were staying in hotels and with loved ones while management attempted to get them moved back in safely. No personal injury attorneys are known to have filed suit on behalf of any residents at this time.
Helping Victims of Fires Obtain Justice
Most residents appear to have been unharmed in the Peoria fire. Nevertheless, these types of incidents often result in serious injury or death.
Approximately 358,500 homes experience a structural fire in the United States each year. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 3,000 Americans die in fires annually. Even fires without fatalities can still inflict life-changing injuries and disfigurement.
If you are the victim of a fire caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation. To help maximize the amount of this compensation, consider doing what so many other injured victims have done before you and reach out to the burn injury attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
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