ROCKFORD (WREX) -- The Rockford Fire Department reports $500,000 in damage to the Forest City Tennis Center which was vacant at the time of Friday's fire.
It took firefighters seven hours to put out the fire due to its size and the cold temperatures. Photos from the scene showed flames shooting from the roof of the building and part of it collapsed.
Rockford Fire says no one was hurt, and the building was later demolished.
After more than fifty years, the tennis center closed roughly a year ago to make way for the planned Hard Rock Casino near the intersection of I-90 and East State.