UPDATE – 7:00 PM: Fire officials have confirmed that a dog did pass away in the fire.
UPDATE – 1:00PM:
Around 9:37AM call came out for a house fire at 505 Memorial Ave in Rockford, IL. Win-Bur-Sew Fire Department was asking for surrounding agencies to be on stand by for a possible support. By 9:42AM a call came out for a MABAS Box 3 alarm fire and supporting was being called in from all across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Arrived on scene around 10:30 am as stations were still pulling up on scene, upon arrival, two structures were damaged by fire. Between 9:42Am-11:10AM it became a MABAS Box 6 alarm fire. No one was reported to be home at either of the residences at the time the fire started, but they were notified and were on scene. No fatalities or injuries are being reported at this time, though there are a few reports there might have been a dog in one of the homes, but that can not be confirmed still at this time. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Fire marshals were en route to the scene. Between 10-15 departments were estimated to have responded to the fire from across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Crews were still on scene fighting spot fires/hot spots in the attic of one of the buildings.
Here is the latest from the MABAS Box 6 alarm fire at 505 Memorial Ave in Rockford.
Two homes damages. No fatalities and no one was inside the homes at the time the fires occurred. Unconfirmed reports a dog might have been inside or injured, but they can not confirm that at this time. At least 15 departments are on scene from all across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.
Crews are still on scene battling flames in one of the buildings. More photos and video to come!
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