- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities are investigating what caused a Rockford house fire in which firefighters rescued a 14-year-old boy.

Firefighters on Wednesday found the teen trapped in the basement because of heavy smoke on the first floor. They brought an oxygen tank and escorted him out of the residence to a waiting ambulance.

The Rockford Register Star (https://bit.ly/1wl36ei ) reports the teen’s injuries were non-life threatening. Rockford Fire District Chief Dan Zaccard says no adults were home at the time of the blaze. The fire was contained in under 20 minutes and damage to the home was estimated at $15,000.

Officials say the youth is a special needs child. Rockford Fire Division Chief Matt Knott says the Department of Children and Family Services has been notified as a matter of protocol.


Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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