UPDATE: Rockford family loses home to fire

By  | 

Updated January 5, 2018, 9:20 a.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The occupants of the home were located at a nearby house.

The family is safe and are being assisted by Red Cross.

The total damage of the fire is estimated at $100,000.

Posted January 4, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A Rockford family loses their home after a fire becomes too dangerous for crews to battle. Firefighters controlled the flames from outside the house after burning off the roof.

The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of Richmond Street on Rockford's west side.

Crews say large flames were coming from the house when they arrived but the family and their dog were able to make it out safely.

District chief Charles Barnes says he decided to take his crew out of the house when things started getting dangerous.

"At one point it gets to where it's just not safe for our firefighters to be in there and rather than risk our firefighters being injured, step back, let the roof burn off so we can just put it out from the outside and be safer," says Barnes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.