Rockford firefighters tackle two simultaneous house fires

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Sewell Street fire video above courtesy Rockford Fire Department.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Firefighters were called out to two house fires which occurred only minutes apart on Thursday afternoon.

Rockford Fire was called to a house fire on Sewell Street around 3:25 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

Officials say two adults were able to escape the building before the fire department arrived. Two cats were found, but one died from smoke inhalation.

A fire investigator says a space heater was the cause of the fire. The estimated damages were assessed at $30,000 and the house was declared uninhabitable.

Sewell Street fire.

Another fire took place at a house at 608 Fairview Avenue at 3:20 p.m. Rockford Fire says arriving units saw fire coming from an attic window on the 2nd floor.

Officials say there were no injuries and the fire was brought under control in 40 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the damage is estimated at $20,000.

Fairview Avenue fire, courtesy Rockford Fire Department

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