The fire that continues to burn at the Corner Bar in Rockford originated in a dumpster, according to the city's fire chief.

Crews were first called to the scene just before 5 a.m. Monday, August 14, at the corner of Main and Courtland Streets.

Around 6 a.m people at the scene, including our crews, heard an explosion. That turned out to be the gas meter, which firefighters noticed was on fire.

DTE Energy was called to shut off the gas. For several hours, the gas line fueled the fire. Owners of nearby businesses were advised not to enter their buildings until firefighters gave them the go ahead.

The chief says crews were inside the building battling the fire just before the explosion, but fortunately, they made it out before the blast.

During a press conference at noon, Chief Dave Jones said the first started in a dumpster. Now in the seventh hour fighting the flames, Jones says his crews are just now getting to the hot spots.

Listen to the full presser here:

The chief says the Corner Bar is a landmark in Rockford and gave his condolences to the owners.

The owners posted a statement on their Facebook page saying the business will, "continue our fine history of serving the Rockford community just as soon as we get things sorted."

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Matt Gard is the Senior Producer of the 13 Morning News. If you have a story idea, you can contact him on Twitter, @mgard_wzzm13 or by e-mail,