ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rockford man is hospitalized and displaced after a fire broke out at 1724 12th Avenue on Tuesday morning.

Around 3:11 a.m., officials say a tenant in another unit called to report the fire. Rockford fire crews saw smoke coming out of the bedroom window when they arrived. The elderly man inside the burning unit left the building and was later taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The tenant told officials there was a cat inside, but firefighters have not been able to locate the pet after multiple searches.

First responders were able to put out the fire within 23 minutes. Fire and smoke damage was contained to the second floor of the apartment. Officials contacted Red Cross to help the man relocate temporarily.

The damage is estimated about $20,000.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


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