'Get out of the building!': Rockdale fire at trucking company captured on police bodycam video

Longhorn Trucking, Rockdale, IL: Much of facility destroyed in blaze

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Rockdale police bodycam captures massive trucking company fire
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A massive fire in Rockdale, IL was captured on police bodycam video.

ROCKDALE, Ill. (WLS) -- Police in southwest suburban Rockdale shared bodycam video of a massive fire that destroyed most of a trucking facility last Friday.

Thick smoke can be seen and loud "booms" can be heard in the background.

There was also a rush to get people to safety.

SEE MORE: Rockdale fire destroys warehouse, semi trucks at Longhorn Trucking

"Get out of the building! Go!" one officer yelled.

Longhorn Trucking owns the property where the fire took place..

The large blaze engulfed a warehouse and a number of semi trucks parked around the buildings. Emergency crews worked to contain it for more than an hour.

The Manhattan Fire District, which responded to assist with fighting the fire, said it happened at a truck repair shop. There were no reports of any injuries.

Thick black smoke billowed from the building and trucks as fire crews sprayed water from firetrucks. The smoke was so thick and abundant, it was visible on ABC7's Doppler 7MAX radar.

The fire appeared to be largely contained and extinguished shortly after 5:30 p.m., though firefighters remained on scene fighting hotspots.

The cause of the blaze was still unknown Wednesday.

Rockdale is southwest of Chicago, near Joliet.