UPDATE 6:25 AM: Ameren’s website reports that power has returned to those living in Princeville, after it was cut off overnight due to the fire.
UPDATE 5:05 AM: The Princeville Fire Chief tells Heart of Illinois ABC that the fire at Los Jimadores in Princeville has been put out.
The fire broke out at 9:09 PM, with firefighters from 13 different departments being called in to help battle the blaze.
Fire Chief Randy Haley adds that the fire was contained to the second floor, and fears that the apartments are a total loss.
There is also a fear that the building may collapse, so North Walnut Street is barricaded off. It is only available to emergency personnel.
The Peoria County Sheriff’s office tells us that four people were evacuated, and are okay.
However, a cat did die in the fire.
The Red Cross is helping those displaced by the fire.
UPDATE 11:08 p.m. – The Village of Princeville is under a boil order until further notice according to the Superintendent of Public Works, Chad Gardner. Gardner said there are at least 75 firefighters on scene still fighting flames from a building at 132 Walnut St. He said they are using two ladder trucks to attack flames from the air. Ameren Illinois’ website also shows about 657 people without power in the village.
UPDATE 10:45 p.m.- Dispatch tells us the fire call came in at 9:09 p.m. Fire crews are still battling flames as of 10:45 p.m. Monday night. Peoria County officials are asking people to avoid Rt 91 at Evans. That part of the road is closed because of the fire. No word on injuries yet.
PRINCEVILLE (HOI) – Heart of Illinois ABC is on scene of a fire at a Princeville restaurant on N. Walnut St. next to Princeville Pharmacy. The building on fire appears to be a local restaurant.
Dispatch and police have been unable to provide further details.
This story will be updated.