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Nearly 50 displaced after Rockford motel fire

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:22 p.m. CDT

ROCKFORD (AP) — Rockford fire officials say nearly 50 people, including some children, were displaced after a fire at a Howard Johnson motel.

Tuesday morning's blaze is under investigation and so far the cause of the fire hasn't been determined. But authorities say the fire likely began near the motel's pool.

Heavy smoke caused about $25,000 in damage to the motel.

But officials say no one was injured.

Authorities are working to help people find a temporary place to stay.

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