UPDATE 7:30 P.M. – The Peoria Fire Department released more details Thursday evening about a fire earlier in the day that led to an emergency mayday call when a firefighter got separated from his crew.
They were fighting a fire that destroyed a home in the 2200 block of Northeast Madison Avenue, in Peoria’s North Valley.
Firefighters got the call about 10:50 a.m., and they spent about 4 1/2-hours on the scene.
The mayday call came when several firefighters were trying to put out the fire in the basement. The firefighter became separated from the group, and a Rescue Intervention Team found the firefighter, who was not injured, Battalion Chief Steve Rada said in a news release.
Two fire investigators were called to the scene to determine a cause.
Rada said an emergency demolition of the home was ordered, and damage was estimated at more than $100,000.