ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A fire destroyed a home in a Rockton neighborhood on Thursday morning.
Firefighters were called to the 200 block of N. Center Street at 9:20 a.m.
Upon arrival, the garage and back of the home were engulfed in flames, according to the Rockton Fire Protection District.
Automatic and Mutual aid was provided by surrounding fire departments to extinguish the blaze. The occupants and family dog escaped, but one kitten was caught in the fire and killed, with two other kittens currently unaccounted for.
Witnesses said a man was taken from the house and transported to a local hospital.
Authorities at the scene said the fire started in the garage and spread to the attic of the house, although the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Three firefighters received minor injuries on the scene, but were quickly evaluated at medical facility and have since been released and returned to service.
Fire Chief Kirk Wilson has deemed the property a total loss, with damages estimated at $130 thousand, and would like to thank those who provided assistance at the scene.