A historic apartment building gets demolished after two fires in one week

By WEEK Producer

March 28, 2014 Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It's demolition day for a historic apartment building in Peoria that had two fires this week.

Crews razed the building at 109 Roanoke after an attic fire on Monday, and a second fire that engulfed the third floor on Tuesday, believed to have been caused by smoldering insulation.

The landlord of the building has at least 18 complaints filed against him, by tenants, neighboring residents and building inspectors.

The man who owns the building next door, Bill Thill, says its sad when historic buildings such as these fall into such disrepair they have to be torn down.

Thill blames, what he calls, "vampire landlords."

"They come in and suck the life out of these buildings, they suck the blood out of them and then when you have a dead carcass like this, it's pulled down," said Thill.

Thill says the city of Peoria needs to keep better control of these historic buildings and their owners, so they don't meet a fate like this.