PEOTONE – A person has died following a fire at a multi-family apartment building.
According to Peotone Fire Protection District (PFPD), it happened just before 12:30am Saturday morning when responded to a fire at 501 S. Schroeder Avenue. Units arrived within five minutes of dispatch reporting smoke from the second floor of the building. Firefighters found heavy smoke on the second floor of the complex.
Upon a search, first responders discovered a victim dead in the bedroom and extinguished a fire. No other residents were found inside the building.
No further details have been released on the victim.
“Fire damage was contained to the apartment, but smoke and water damage were throughout the other apartments. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.
Manhattan, Monee, Beecher, Manteno, Frankfort, University Park, New Lenox, Mokena, Crete Township, Steger Estates, Wilmington, Bourbonnais, Crete, Country Club Hills, Grant Park, Richton Park, and Orland Fire Departments all responded to this incident” PFPD reported in a statement. “MABAS Division 19 Investigators, MABAS 27 Investigators, the Arson Investigators Task Force, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal Arson Investigator responded to conduct the fire investigation.”
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.