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Five fire departments respond to house fire in Dunlap

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UPDATE 10:00 PM -- Firefighters in Dunlap remained on the scene of a house fire for more than three hours after the initial call was made.

Multiple people called 911 around 6:30 PM Tuesday, saying an attached garage in the 2000 block of W. Blackberry Lane was on fire.

When fire crews arrived, flames had spread to the house and were shooting through the roof of the home.

The size of the blaze led them to call for mutual aid twice.

In total, five departments responded, including the City of Peoria, Peoria Heights, and Chillicothe.

Dunlap Fire Protection Chief Jim Hanson says no one was home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.

However, firefighters did pull a cat out of the home. It's unclear if it survived.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Peoria Fire Department estimates the damage to the home at $175,000.

At 10:00 PM, Dunlap Fire Protection District personnel were still on scene, but other departments that responded to the MABAS call had returned to their stations.


DUNLAP (WEEK) -- A house fire in Dunlap had first responders asking for help on Tuesday night.

Around 6:30 PM, Dunlap firefighters were called to the 2000 block of W. Blackberry Lane for a house fire.

No one was inside the house when firefighters arrived.

Five departments responded to the request for mutual aid.

Firefighters remained on scene for at least two hours after the initial request was made.

Sheridan Swathwood

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