PEOTONE, IL – At approximately 12:22 am, the Peotone Fire Protection District (PFPD) responded to a reported structure fire in a multi-family apartment building at 501 S. Schroeder Ave. in Peotone. The first units arrived within 5 minutes of the initial time of dispatch and crews reported smoke showing from the second floor. An extra-alarm was called for additional personnel and equipment. Firefighters entered the second floor and found heavy smoke conditions. As crews searched the smoke-filled apartment, they found a victim deceased in the bedroom and extinguished the fire. A search of the remaining units confirmed no other residents were inside. The incident was escalated to a box alarm and was under control within 30 minutes.
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.
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 fire is still under investigation.
For questions, contact Fire Chief Steve Malone at the Peotone Fire Protection District (708) 258-6884, email@example.com