On May 19 at 1:02 p.m., Evanston fire companies responded to the Subway restaurant at 1900 Dempster, Unit C, for the reported fire in the building during a busy lunch hour. The response was quickly upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm, to the box level, bringing in other communities to assist with the fire, and providing service to the City of Evanston.
First arriving companies encountered heavy smoke coming from the front of the building with reports of fire inside. Upon making entry into the building fire companies observed an activated sprinkler system keeping the fire in check until crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Subway patrons and employees were able to safely exit the building prior to the fire departments arrival.
The restaurant suffered significant smoke and water damage, but due to the sprinkler system and the quick response of the Evanston Fire Department, this business and many others in the complex were saved, said Division Chief Paul Polep in a prepared statement.
There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. The cause of the fire still remains under investigation with no foul play expected.