Excerpts from the rrstar.com:

Five people were rescued from their burning home early Wednesday morning on Rockford’s south side after firefighters responded at about 1 a.m. to 1724 Lyran Ave. Firefighters rescued a 49-year-old woman who was unable to evacuate. She was transported with serious injuries.

A man who lives at the home grabbed a ladder from the garage and rescued his wife and three children from the burning home before firefighters arrived. The woman and three children were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

More from the wifr.com:

According to the Rockford Fire Department Donovin G. Fluaitt, 29, faces five counts of aggravated arson, a Class X Felony stemming from a house fire in his own home.

At 1 a.m. February 26 the Rockford Fire Department went to a home on 1725 Lyran Avenue for a fire. Several people were trapped inside. Initial reports were that Fluaitt grabbed a ladder and rescued his family members trapped on the second floor. Another person inside needed to be rescued by firefighters

Investigators determined the fire was intentionally started.