The Galesburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 721 Peck Street yesterday, June 5, 2023, at 6:59 PM. The response included all three stations and the 11 personnel on duty. Upon arrival, personnel encountered smoke coming from the eaves and fire coming from a window in the rear of the residence. Battalion Chief Donald Brackett established command and the Brooks Street Station crew made entry with an attack line to extinguish the fire. Due to extreme heat and fire conditions, personnel backed out of the residence and made an attack from the exterior. Personnel then reentered to extinguish the fire. The Central Station crew arrived on the scene and ventilated the structure to improve interior smoke conditions, and the Fremont Street Station crew conducted a search of the residence.
There were no occupants inside the residence at the time of the fire. The fire caused heavy fire damage to the basement, kitchen, and second-floor room located in the rear of the residence. The interior of the home sustained heavy smoke and water damage throughout. No injuries were reported. Preliminary damage estimates are at $10,000.
An emergency callback of off-duty fire personnel was initiated to provide emergency coverage for the City. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Galesburg Fire Investigators.