Rockford Fire Department

Officials Still Investigating Two Major Rockford Fires

Jul 4, 2017
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The Rockford Fire Department is still investigating the origin of two recent building fires.

A 7th Street structure caught fire Sunday, one week after a fire at the historic Hanley building, which was being demolished with the hopes of completing the task in time for the Rockford Fourth of July celebration. That deadline won't be met, but demolition has been moving quickly.

 Rockford Ald. D. William “Bill” Robertson, I-14, who served as Rockford Fire Chief for 17 years before entering politics, died Saturday morning after an extended battle with cancer.

Flags on city buildings were ordered flown at half staff in his honor.

“He was dedicated to the community in his role of Fire Chief, as a member of the Rockford Fire Department for 37 years, and as an alderman,” said current Fire Chief Derek Bergsten. “Our thoughts go out to his entire family in this time of great sorrow.”