FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Apartment Complex Fire
Galena Park Terrace Apartments
5533 N Galena Rd, Building C1
At approximately 3:04pm, our department was notified of a possible apartment fire inside Building C1 of the Galena Park Terrace Apartment Complex. While enroute, officers from the Peoria Heights Police Department notified us that they observed heavy smoke coming from the building. Command 600 arrived on scene to find one apartment unit inside of Building C1 heavily involved with fire. Engine 653 arrived on scene shortly after and stretched hose lines to extinguish the fire; current time estimates are 10 minutes from the initial arrival of fire companies to the knockdown of the fire. Crews from Peoria Heights were assisted by crews from Peoria IL Fire Department, West Peoria Fire Protection District, Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District, and Limestone Township Fire Protection District in conducting overhaul and ventilation activities to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. Advanced Medical Transport provided an ambulance for firefighter and civilian safety should any injuries occur.
Preliminary damage reports show the fire was contained to only one unit in Building C1 with no extension to the other units. Prior to the fire department’s arrival, one party was transported to a local hospital in an unknown condition. However, we are still working to determine if this injury was related to the fire or was a separate medical emergency at the complex that occurred at the same time. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation and remains undetermined at this time.