Why We Search: Fatal Illinois Vacant House Fire

Rockford firefighters were told of two people inside

Rockford, Illinois firefighters responded to a house fire on the 400 block on Knowlton Street. A homeless man met the first-arriving crews and told them of two other people still inside the burning structure.

Despite conditions and a reportedly failing structure, firefighters were able to make a quick entry inside and locate the victims. Two men were removed from the structure but had already succumbed to smoke inhalation.

No firefighters were reportedly injured during the alarm.

According to the man who met firefighters when they arrived, the men had been sleeping in the vacant house for a few nights.

Read about more vacant/abandoned structure fire news on our “Why We Search” page.

“Abandoned Building Fire Kills 2 Rockford Homeless” MyStateline.com
“Two die in fire at abandoned house on Knowlton” The Rock River Times
“Two Dead after Vacant Home Catches Fire” WIFR
“Fatal fire on Knowlton Street claims two lives” WREX

Video image courtesy of WIFR



Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter and has served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com. His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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