UPDATE: Likely cause released in Koinonia House fire in Peoria

3:50 AM UPDATE: Peoria firefighters say they knocked down the fire within 15 minutes, after seeing heavy black smoke and fire coming from the back and side of the building.

No one was found inside, but the building sustained major smoke damage throughout.

In a statement, Batallion Chief Rick Morgan says the likely cause of the fire was food left on the stove, although adding the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Damage is estimated at $125,000.

10 people are currently being helped by the American Red Cross.

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Christian living community Koinonia House, caught fire this Sunday evening. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Heavy smoke; however, could be seen billowing from the 129-year-old building blocks away.

Peoria Firefighter responded to the building, located at 1509 North Knoxville Avenue at 5:57pm, just off of Interstate 74.

Peoria Fire Chief Tony Ardis says his crews were able to contain the fire, but they were met with some difficulty because of congestion.

Viewer video from Steve Fairbanks captured the scene, and what Fairbanks described as a smell of “burning ozone.”

No one was hurt and crews are still investigating what caused it.

Lauren Melendez

Lauren Melendez

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