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Abandoned home on Rockford's west side goes up in flames

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Early Wednesday evening, an abandoned home went up in smoke on Rockford's west side.

This happened on the corner of State Street and Stewart. The Rockford Fire Department responded to flames coming from the back of the home, with smoke coming from the top level windows. The house was locked and boarded up so well that firefighters couldn't get past the first floor. Once they knew no lives were in danger, firefighters fought the blaze from the outside. There are no injuries to citizens or firefighters. When it gets hot like this, firefighters rotate to stay cool, and they also drink plenty of water. With the holiday, Rockford Fire Department Captain Charles Barnes says firefighters are in for a long night.

"Historically, with fireworks, and other issues, and then the heat, we usually have quite a few calls on the 4th of July." -says Captain Barnes.

No cause has been determined, the fire is still under investigation, but neighbors think they might have an idea.

"I was inside my room, which is facing West State, and I heard some fireworks, then saw smoke, and heard fire trucks coming." -says Brandyn Lampereur, who lives nearby.

Captain Barnes says the house is most likely a total loss.

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