An extra-alarm apartment fire on April 21 resulted in five residents’ being displaced. The fire started in the bedroom of a second-floor unit of the three-story apartment building at 1106 Crain St.
When the Evanston Fire Department arrived, flames were shooting out of the south side second-floor window. Firefighters found heavy smoke and fire conditions on the second floor unit fully involved in fire. Firefighters were able to make entry to the second floor of the apartment from rear porches to extinguish the blaze.
All occupants were able to evacuate the apartments safely. There were no reported injuries. Tarps were placed over furnishings on the first floor to protect them from water damage.
The origin of the fire is still under investigation. Damage is estimated at $200,000. The American Red Cross with the assistance of the Evanston Police Department’s victim services provided temporary housing for the displaced residents. The fire was struck around Noon. Damage was limited to the 1106 Crain St. structure because of the efforts of firefighters to protect the adjacent residential dwellings.