A house fire Tuesday afternoon at the corner of South Fifth and Koch Street claimed the life of a dog and the home was considered a total loss, a Pekin Fire Department official said.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. at 1531 South Fifth Street with no one home at that time. 

“The wife and kids went to go pick somebody up at the bus stop ... when they got (home), they had flames going out the back window in the rear of the home,” Pekin Fire Chief Kurt Nelson said.

No one was injured, Nelson said, however, one dog died from “probably smoke inhalation,” but another was rescued from the home and was administered oxygen.

“(The home) does look severely damaged. I’m guessing it’s not going to be fixable based upon what it looks like,” Nelson said.

The five occupants of the home, Nelson said, did not have renters insurance, “so, unfortunately everything they do have is lost.”

“We’re working with the Red Cross to hopefully get them some assistance at least until the time they can get back on their feet,” Nelson said.

No cause for the fire has been determined and is still under investigation, Nelson said.

It was the third structure fire in two days in the city of Pekin.

On Monday afternoon, a fire heavily damaged an unattached garage behind a home at 307 Derby St. The home’s owners had been out of town since Saturday, and both the fire’s cause and point of origin remained undetermined pending investigation, an official said. No injuries were reported.

Later on Monday, in the 1300 block of Broadway Street, a fire caused “significant” damage to the upper attic of a house and no injuries were reported.

Nelson, on Monday, said there was “significant smoke and water damage inside.”

The home at 1301 Broadway had a single occupant inside at about 4:30 p.m. when emergency crews arrived.

“The occupant was inside sleeping. He had recently got back and was awakened when an officer came to the door and woke him up because there was smoke coming out of the house,” Nelson said.

The 1300 block of Broadway Street was blocked off while fire fighters worked to extinguish the flames and hot spots throughout the upper level of the home.

Nelson said a construction crew was at the home earlier Monday working on the roof and the department is “going to look at that and see if that had anything to do with it.”

An estimated amount of damage was not available.

— Daily Times reporter Michael Smothers contributed to this story.