STREATOR — One person is dead following the fourth house fire in a week in Streator.
Streator Fire Department spokesman Bryan Park said at 2:39 a.m. Tuesday, a fire was reported at 307 Chicago St. Fire units arrived on the scene within four minutes and found heavy smoking coming from the one-story house, Park said. Firefighters learned that the resident was likely inside the home.
The resident was removed and taken to OSF Center for Health-Streator by Advanced Medical Transport. The patient was pronounced dead at the hospital. The name is being held pending notification of family by the LaSalle County Coroner's Office. Two dogs also died in the fire.
The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes. Firefighters remained on the scene until about 9 a.m. There were no reported injuries to first responders.
The home sustained severe fire, smoke and water damage to the kitchen and rear of the building. Other parts of the home sustained major smoke and water damage, he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, Streator Police Department, and Streator Fire Department. The fire department also was assisted by Vermilion Valley Dispatch, ComEd, Nicor, Illinois American Water and the fire marshal's office.
The fire department responded to two fires on Saturday that were determined to be accidental. The first was reported at 2:27 p.m. at 1303 N. Wasson St. Two dogs died in that fire, too. The fire began in the living room and caused moderate fire and smoke damage.
The second fire, also accidental, was reported at 3:12 p.m. after smoke was reported coming from the basement of a home at 121 W. Hickory St. There were no injuries reported.
A fire discovered early Nov. 21 at 625 S. Illinois St. also remains under investigation.