Authorities investigating the cause of a vacant house fire in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The Rockford Fire Department responded to a vacant residential house fire just after 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of 13th Avenue.

The cause of the fire at this time is unknown and under investigation but is suspected to be a case of arson.

No injuries were reported from the incident. A house just west of the fire suffered minor damage to the outside, but water saved the home from any further damage.

Fire crews remained on the scene while the vacant home was demolished. The estimated loss from the fire is $35,000.