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South Rockford house fire displaces four


A Rockford fire demands the attention of seven departments and displaces a family of four.

The fire began around 6:30 in the neighborhood off of Aquamarine Drive and Main Street. 

Mike Biley, who is friends with the homeowner relays the moments leading up to the fire. "She said the space heater, a little fire started with the space heater and she said she took the fire extinguisher and tried to put it out but just started getting higher. So she just got everyone out of the house."

Roger Flood, assistant chief of the Blackhawk Fire Department says they still have to do more investigating before they can make a final call on the cause of the fire, but they are not ruling anything out.

"That's the rumor we heard, the crew inside said they found several space heaters inside," says Flood.  

The four people who live in the home did not stay at the scene long, says Flood. "They were transported to Swedish American by ambulance, and the children went with a relative up to the hospital."

They are all expected to be okay. "It didn't look like anything serious. They were walking under their own power when I seen them."

The family did however lose a pet. "I think they lost their dog," says Biley.

Once they are released from the hospital they won't be able to return home. Fire crews and park management may knock the home down to prevent any additional accidents.

But the family will have a place to sleep for the night.  "We're gonna let them stay with us for awhile," says Biley.
The neighborhood does not have any fire hydrants, which is why so many fire departments had to respond to this call.

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