Fire destroys former administration building of diocese’s Catholic Charities

Firefighters work to put down a blaze that destroyed the former administration building of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria on the agency's West Peoria campus off Heading Avenue on March 30. The building has only been used for storage in recent years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

WEST PEORIA — A 29-year-old building that originally served as the administrative base for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria was destroyed by fire on March 30.

The cause of the early morning blaze at the structure, located at the West Peoria campus of Catholic Charities at 2900 W. Heading Ave., was still being investigated as The Catholic Post went to press on Tuesday. Foul play is not suspected.

Opened in 1990, the more than 8,000-square-foot structure served as home for Catholic Charities administration and purchasing until the leadership team moved to the Spalding Pastoral Center in 2011. In recent years, it has been used chiefly as storage for agency program supplies.

Firefighters from multiple departments battled the blaze after neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the building at about 8 a.m.

The building and its contents — considered a total loss — are covered by insurance, according to Melissa Block, claims/risk manager for the Catholic Mutual group. The remnants of the building will be razed upon completion of the investigation.

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