Fire breaks out shortly after launch of holiday fire safety program

By WEEK Reporter

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria man was taken to the hospital after saving the family pets from a fire on Monday.

Firefighters responded to a call of a home on fire at 307 West Hanssler in Peoria over the noon hour.

The Battalion Chief said the flames started in a bedroom at the back of the house.

He said the man who was in the home escaped the blaze through a window and then broke a front window to rescue two cats and a dog.

He was transported to OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

The fire started only a couple of hours after a fire safety program was launched to keep the wreath red.

"First day of the campaign and we did have our first fire right off the bat so we're asking the public to be vigilant on watching what they're doing over the holidays with extension cords. Make sure smoke detectors are working, anything they're plugging in, don't overload the devices or anything like that," said Battalion Chief Jerry Malone.

Wreaths with red lights are hung outside of each fire station. When a fire results in damage, a white bulb will replace a red bulb on each of the wreaths.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation.

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