Former Rockford grocery store destroyed by fire

Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 9:28 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Fire destroys an abandoned grocery store that was scheduled to be demolished this month.

The roof collapsed around 9 p.m. Monday at the former Al-Mart grocery store, 2323 W. State Street. Crews determined the building was unsafe to enter, so they attacked the blaze from the perimeter. Demolition crews were called in to search for hot spots and to raze the remainder of the structure.

Eyewitnesses say the fire started in the back of the building and consumed the structure in a matter of minutes. There is no word yet on what caused the blaze. Damage is estimated at $70,000.

Al-Mart closed at that location in 2012. In August, the Rockford City Council approved the demolition order.