UPDATE: Firefighters consider the cause of the fire to be suspicious.
Rockford firefighters battled a fire at a vacant house in the 500 block of Howard Ave. on Monday afternoon.
They were called to the scene at around 3:30pm for a report of a fully engulfed house fire. They arrived to find flames shooting from the home.
The house has a red ‘x’ on it indicating the house was abandoned and dangerous, warning firefighters not to aggressively attack the fire for safety reasons. Firefighters remained outside the home as the battled the blaze.
There are unconfirmed reports that kids were seen inside the abandoned building before it caught fire. No word on a cause however, and no one was hurt.