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Rockford Fire says no one was hurt during fire at former Forest City Tennis Center

Fprest city tennis fire

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.

James Stratton

James Stratton is the Evening Anchor at 13 WREX and reports for 13 Investigates He joined the team in August, 2018 after working at KWQC TV-6 in Davenport Iowa. His work in Illinois and Iowa has been awarded in both states, along with Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Awards at 13 WREX.

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