Roof on Strip Mall Under Construction Catches Fire
July 30, 2007 construction material on the roof of a large strip mall caught fire in near 100 degree temperatures. Winds quickly fanned the fire across the west half of the large complex. Harlem-Roscoe's two new Quint Ladder Trucks were quickly put into use, as well as the deck guns and hose lines from the pumpers to fight the massive fire. It would take over an hour to totally extinguish the fire; piles of construction materials had to be separated to get to all the fire.
Thank you to North Park Fire, Loves Park Fire, Northwest Fire, and Boone County Fire for their help to fight the fire at the scene, and Rockton Fire and South Beloit Fire for covering the stations.
Investigators believe that the blaze was started by a spark that set roofing cement ablaze. The fire burned through the roofing deck, roofing material, and the rubber mat membrane.