Fire erupts at an abandoned house on Rockford's west side

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Rockford Fire and West Suburban Fire Crews responded to a house fire early Monday morning on Rockford's west side.

Around 5 a.m. crews arrived in the 1300 block of Springfield Avenue near Auburn Street for reports of a vacant structure fire. It was determined that the home was abandoned and condemned. Crews turned off a nearby powerline as a precaution.

Firefighters did not go into the structure but worked defensively to contain the blaze from further spreading. Officials said the fire is suspicious in nature and the Fire Marshall will investigate the cause.

The home was empty and no injuries were reported. The house is considered a complete loss. The damages are estimated at $40,000.