Two injured in Peoria house fire

By WEEK Producer

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – Two people were injured in a large house fire in the 700 block of West Thrush Avenue Monday morning.

Police said they began receiving 911 calls about heavy smoke coming from a home at 717 W. Thrush at 9:30 a.m. When crews arrived the fire had spread to a neighboring house, 719 W. Thrush.

Two people inside 717 W. Thrush were injured. Manuel Rand and Marina Gomez were transported to OSF St. Francis, treated and released.

A resident at 719 W. Thrush escaped without injury. However, firefighters were still trying to locate several cats that were supposedly in the basement of the home.

Both houses sustained heavy damage. The home at 717 W. Thrush appears to be a total loss. A third home, 715 W. Thrush, had the shingles on the roof scorched from radiant heat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

Firefighters had some water problems that hampered their ability to fight the fire. A motorist disobeyed police orders and drove over one of the fire hoses, causing a hole in the hose.

The motorist was ticketed for numerous offenses.

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