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Fire erupts at former Amerock factory site
By Richard S. Gubbe
Fire erupted on the roof of the former Amerock factory on Auburn Street May 17 after employees of a salvage company reportedly started a tank with fiberglass ablaze.
The fire started about 1:15 p.m at the former hardware plant in the 4400 block of Auburn Street. Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten said a salvage company was using a cutting torch when materials accidentally caught fire. He said employees tried to extinguish the blaze, but then had to call the fire department. The fire was brought under control by the Rockford Fire Department shortly thereafter. No one was reported injured.
The building is owned by Rockford Development Group, a limited partnership company. The limited partnership is listed at 1818 Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, by the Winnebago County Recorder’s office. Rockford Development Group bought the property from Denovo Rockford/Bellwood LLC in November 2010 for $1.9 million.
Many sources reported to The Rock River Times that toxic materials were blown out onto the roof during the years of Amerock’s manufacturing operations. Those sources alleged the roof material would be evidence of alleged pollution at the site. It is unknown if this is the section of the roof sources alleged was toxic.
From the May 23-29, 2012, issue