Four fire departments stop Rockton garage fire from spreading


Photos: Rockton Fire Protection District

Rockton firefighters found  heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the garage when they arrived at a residence at the 400 block of N. Blackhawk Blvd at 7:33 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. The fire station is only two blocks away, and they had received the call only a minute earlier, but a 15 x 25 foot shed was already fully engulfed in flames, which had spread to the two-car garage and exterior of the house. 

The first arriving engine company made an aggressive attack on the fire. Deputy Chief Tim Free arrived and assumed command of the incident. He activated a district-wide MABAS Box 11 to the box alarm level to summon more help; however, it was cancelled after the fire was brought under control. 

Automatic aid from the City of South Beloit Fire, Harlem-Roscoe Fire, and Northwest Rescue responded to assist. Shirland Fire and the Northwest Fire Chief provided district coverage while the fire was being put out. 

No injuries were reported, but fire loss is estimated at $30,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Chief Wilson thanked his firefighters "for the rapid and quick response as well as the auto and mutual aid fire companies that assisted. Job well done."

Click, tap, or swipe on the photo below to view an image gallery about the fire. All photos courtesy of Rockton Fire Protection District.

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