Capri Restaurant and Pizza Fire

Published: Oct. 27, 2022 at 4:51 PM CDT | Updated: Oct. 28, 2022 at 2:59 AM CDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Capri Restaurant and Pizza at 313 E. State Street has an estimated $300,000 worth of damage following a fire Thursday evening.

The call came to the Rockford Fire Department at 4:20 p.m. for a multiple-alarm structure fire at the restaurant. According to fire officials, Capri employees were preparing to open the restaurant and were cooking food when a fire broke out above one of the pizza ovens. The workers couldn’t extinguish the fire and it started to advance further into the restaurant.

RFD says everyone inside exited the restaurant safely as fire crews arrived on the scene. The first crews found heavy smoke from three sides and the roof, so they made an interior attack to the flames.

A ventilation vehicle and more engines were needed to completely extinguish and ventilate the restaurant. The fire was accidental and took more than four hours to completely extinguish; thankfully, no one was injured.

Rockford Inventor: Clifford N. Johnson with Johnson Pen Company

Source: Haugen, Doug. “The Johnson Pen Company.” The Pennant, Fall 2021, p. 28-35.

Please use our search tags to find more information about Clifford N. Johnson.

Article is posted with the author, Doug Haugen’s, permission on October 28, 2022 via email.

Manikin Hosiery Company Building (currently the Lorden Building in Davis Park)

Source: Sanborn Map Company, 1913,  Vol. 1; Republished, 1951.

Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, Sanborn Maps Collection website (accessed 9/8/2022).

See “Image 22” online: https://www.loc.gov/item/sanborn02127_008/

Source: 2022 Google Maps view of the building known as the Lorden Building, located in Davis Park/Founders Landing, maintained by the Rockford Park District.