One person is dead after a fire at a Peoria high rise.
Scott Urbanc, 42, was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m. Sunday after a fire broke out at Glen Oak Towers, 926 Main, about a half hour earlier. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Urbanc suffered burns to more than 80 percent of his body, but died from smoke inhalation.
He adds that Urbanc was alive when the fire broke out, but it remains unclear why he was unable to escape.
Three others were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after the two-alarm fire, which started on the 12th floor. Thirty-four firefighters responded to the scene.
"Our entire floor was damaged and we had over thirteen displaced residents. We got them set up at the Red Cross last night and we took care of them for the evening,” said apartment property manager Kelly Gibson. “I will be doing more paperwork with those residents. In the meantime, one of our residents has set up donations and accepting funds for our displaced residents. They are more than welcome to bring donations to the community room here at glen oak tower and we will make sure that it gets dispersed to our residents. Like beds and dressers, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, nightgown, slippers, I mean, anything that can take care of them while we get them moved into their new apartment."
Anyone wishing to make a monetary or material donation is asked to call 673-0202.
Damage is estimated at $175,000. More than a dozen residents stayed at the Staybridge Hotel Sunday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.
The fire chief tells the Journal Star it could be a week before residents are allowed back inside due to the smoke damage.