Rockford, IL – No injuries reported as sprinkler system keeps fire under control at fabricating company

No one was reported injured after a fire broke out overnight at the Comet Fabricating and Welding building in Rockford, according to fire officials.

Firefighters were called at 12:07 a.m. today to the building at 5620 Falcon Road after a fire sparked inside, according to the Rockford Fire Department. The first fire crews reportedly found that the building’s sprinkler system had kept the fire under control until firefighters could extinguish it.

The building was closed at the time the fire broke out and no one was inside. When the sprinkler system went off, it triggered an alarm, Fire District Chief Tracy Renfro said, which summoned firefighters.

The cause of the fire is being investigated but is considered accidental.

Renfro said the fire was “most likely electrical” and began in a wooden enclosure in the northeast corner of the building. It occurred in a 10-foot by 10-foot area, he said.

Damage was estimated at $25,000. Renfro said Comet Fabricating was open today.

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