Another apartment fire, this time in Rockton, no injuries


Photo: Rockton Fire Protection District

An apartment fire in Rockton has displaced a family on Wednesday morning, Nov. 15, 2023. They were not injured. The American Red Cross is assisting them.

When the Rockton Fire chief Kirk Wilson arrived shortly after 10:15 a.m. at the 700 block of Salem Street, he found the fire in the four-unit apartment complex "was quickly progressing and extending into the attic space as well as the interior of the apartment" from the second floor balcony. The apartment is one block west of North Blackhawk, between Loomis and Adams.

Rockton Engine Company 1402 arrived and quickly carried a hose to the left side of the building. A MABAS alarm brought in firefighters from nearby communities to provide mutual aid, while other departments and EMS companies stood ready at the fire station to answer calls while the Rockton crew was out.

During the event, fire companies searched the entire building, looking for any residents who hadn't been evacuated.

The fire is being investigated and damages have not yet been estimated.

Chief Wilson says he "would like to commend the first in engine company for their quick and efficient actions bringing this fast moving fire under control" and offers sincere thanks to the other companies that helped out.

A Roscoe apartment fire and explosion, also in an upstairs four-plex apartment, displaced a family shortly after midnight on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023.

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