WASHINGTON — A fire early Thursday resulted in a Washington house being declared a total loss, according to authorities.

The blaze began shortly before 4:45 a.m. at 414 Peach St., according to Kris Baker, chief of the Northern Tazewell Fire Protection District. A full-fledged conflagration was underway when firefighters arrived minutes later.

"We got here pretty quick and were able to get some big water on it, because there wasn't much we could do," Baker said about 7:30 a.m. at the scene. "It was all a defensive attack at that point."

The two residents of the single-story house weren't home when the fire began, Baker said. They arrived later, after neighbors called the fire department.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the flames under control, according to Baker. East Peoria and Washington firefighters assisted. Nobody was injured.

Baker said the two-room house might have been worth between $50,000 and $60,000.

East Peoria personnel and a representative of the Illinois State Fire Marshal's office were investigating the cause of the blaze.

The house sat on the west side of a dead-end street, not far from Beverly Manor school. Made of frame and steel, the house was set back from the street.