Woman Dies After Peoria House Fire

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A house fire in Peoria has claimed the life of a 66-year-old woman.

Firefighters arrived at 2716 W. Overhill at 6:33 p.m. Friday to find heavy smoke coming from the front of the home.

Residents who had been able to escape the blaze notified firefighters that one person was still trapped in a upstairs bedroom.

The victim, identified as Terry Gallagher, was located and removed from the house through an upstairs window. Gallagher was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center where she later died.

The Peoria County coroner says an autopsy Saturday afternoon revealed Gallagher died of smoke inhalation. She did suffer some minor burns, but they did not contribute to her cause of death.

There were no other injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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