Fire destroys garage, damages neighboring house

By Kristin Muckerheide

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM CST

PEORIA, Ill. -- While a woman and her children were asleep inside their home, fire overtook the residence's garage.

The victim said that while she was inside her home at around 4 o'clock Wednesday morning, she heard crackling outside the window.

She realized the garage was on fire but had no idea how the fire started.

According to a police report, the victim said she suspects her ex-boyfriend, who has threatened to set her house on fire in the past. The victim also noted that someone had recently slashed her car tires. However, she told police she does not know for sure if the man she suspects is responsible.

Police reports noted that when officers arrived at the scene in the 1700 block of Garden, the garage was engulfed in flames and catching fire to the trees above.

According to police, the fire got so hot that it damaged the rear of a neighboring house on S. Matthew Street.

The Peoria Fire Department arrived to put out the garage fire, but police said that at that point, "it was clearly a total loss."

Authorities said they will tear down the garage.

The victim said that the garage has no power or electricity and there were no vehicles inside the garage at the time of the fire.

This fire is still under investigation.

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