FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Apartment Complex Fire
1501 E Gardner Ln, Building 7
At approximately 12:50pm, our department was notified of a lightning strike at this location with a smell of smoke throughout the building. While en route to the scene, units were notified by an off-duty Peoria Heights firefighter that there was heavy smoke coming from the laundry room, Apartment 707, and Apartment 721 at this location. Command 600 and Engine 654 arrived shortly after and found the same conditions. Crews from Engine 654 stretched hose lines inside the apartments and extinguished the fire, which was located in both the laundry room and Apartment 707. Crews from Engines 654 and 653, assisted by Peoria Fire Department, West Peoria Fire Department, Chillicothe Fire Department, and Limestone Fire Department conducted additional searches of the building and overhaul to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. Germantown Hills Fire Department was also notified to be available to cover calls in our district should the need arise. Total time from the first arriving company to the extinguishment of the fire in both rooms was approximately 23 minutes based upon times recorded in the computer-aided dispatch system. Fire damage was limited to Apartment 707, the laundry room on the first floor of Building 7, and the outside siding in front of both rooms. Minor smoke damage and ceiling damage occurred in Apartment 721 as a result of firefighting operations. No injuries were reported and the fire was declared unintentional in nature.
With severe storms, there is always a risk of building damage from heavy rains, hail, winds, and lightning. This serves as a perfect reminder that, if you are worried that there may be an issue that creates a hazard to life or property at your home or business, please do not hesitate to notify emergency services. Prompt notification of a potential issue at this building drastically shifted this incident into a much more positive outcome than what could have been.