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ROCKFORD (WREX) – “A piece of the Rockford Fire Department’s history goes up in smoke early Saturday morning.
Firefighters got to the scene around 3:30 a.m. to a commercial building fire at 1115 6th Avenue. Â The building was home to the Golden Agers Center, which is a community center, and used to be Rockford Fire Station 4 back in the 1970s. Â The building first opened as a fire station in the early 1900s, according to the department.Â There was fire memorabilia inside the building. Â
According to investigators, firefighters found flames in the back of the building and heavy smoke coming from the attic area. Â Investigators call this a four-alarm fire. Â They tried to fight the fire from inside but the flames spread quickly through the attic and that forced crews out of the building. Â The building and everything inside itÂ is a total loss, approximately $125,000 worth of damage. Â The building will be demolished. Â No one was hurt. Â What started the fire is under investigation.”