BELLEVUE — Several dogs reportedly died in a house fire Wednesday morning in Bellevue.
Members of the Limestone Township Fire Department were called to 514 S. Anna St. after a Peoria County sheriff's deputy arrived at the home and found flames shooting out the front windows. Firefighters arrived at about 8:25 a.m., and the fire was knocked knocked down 15 to 20 minutes later, said Fire Chief Larry Gilmore.
The house, a shotgun-style home, was a total loss, the chief said. The fire appeared to have started in the rear, where a woman who lived there was cooking. She was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Her husband and two children were away from home at the time. The family, who rented the home, will have to find another place to stay, the chief said.
There wasn't an estimate on damage yet, he added. Five dogs — two pit bulls, two other dogs and one puppy — were reportedly in the house and Gilmore said they had found a couple. They were still looking for other dogs shortly before 10 a.m.
No firefighters were injured. Bartonville, West Peoria and Logan-Trivoli fire departments arrived to assist with the fire.