91-Year-old Peoria woman killed in overnight house fire

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PEORIA --A 91-year-old woman was killed in an overnight house fire in Peoria Friday.

It happened at 107th and Northern avenues.

The call came in at about 2:30 a.m. said Peoria Fire Department spokesman Mike Tellef.

Officers responded to the scene to find smoke billowing from the townhome. One officer forced his way inside to find the woman lying on the living room floor, not far from the front door. The officer dragged her out, but she was pronounced dead on the scene.

Once firefighters arrived, they were able to quickly douse the fire, containing the flames mostly to the living room area.

Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the fire. They did say the woman was a heavy smoker.

"Fire investigators can look at the scene and get a pretty good idea where it started," Tellef said. "Then it's just a matter of sifting through all the burned materials and everything to see if we can find what caused the fire. Many times, if a cigarette was involved, we'll find a bit of a cigarette within that debris."

The 91-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, did live alone. She reportedly had some trouble getting around so she used a wheelchair.