24-year-old Peoria woman identified as victim in fatal morning house fire

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One person was killed Wednesday morning in a house fire at 1021 E. Virginia Ave. on Dec. 1, 2021.
One person was killed Wednesday morning in a house fire at 1021 E. Virginia Ave. on Dec. 1, 2021.

PEORIA — A 24-year-old Peoria woman was identified as the person who was found dead at a house fire early Wednesday on the city's East Bluff.

J'Naysia M. Hobbs, 24, was pronounced dead at 6:33 a.m. at the home at 1021 East Virginia Ave., Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 5:09 a.m. and found fire and heavy black smoke on the first floor of the home, according to a Fire Department news release.

Harwood's office was called around 5:45 a.m. to the blaze, where firefighters pulled a body from the home that was "burned beyond recognition" and "obviously deceased," the coroner said. Dental records were used to identify Hobbs.

An autopsy is pending, Harwood said.

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One firefighter sustained injuries while at the scene, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, the Fire Department news release stated.

This is the second deadly house fire in Peoria to occur in the last seven days.

This article originally appeared on Journal Star: Peoria woman found dead at house fire on the East Bluff

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