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At approximately 5:15 p.m.on Wednesday, April 24, Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services fire companies responded to a call there was a fire at two-story frame, single family house at1937 Hartrey Ave. 

First arriving companies found heavy smoke and fire conditions on the first floor, with flames threatening the residence on the north side of the fire structure, said Division Chief Dwight Hohl. The alarm was immediately upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm to the second level, which had fire companies from eight communities in Division 3 respond to assist. 

A primary search of the residence by the first in fire companies found a male victim approximately 65 years old, who had sustained second and third degree burns and smoke inhalation, said the Division Chief. He was given advance life support care and transported to Evanston NorthShore Hospital in critical condition. This patient has since expired, he said. 

The fire was extinguished and the box alarm was struck. A Fire Investigation Box was also called to assist with the investigation for the cause and origin of the fire.

The State Fire Marshall Office was also notified, Division Chief Hohl said. 

Although the residence to the north sustained damages to its siding from heat radiation, the residents will not be displaced, he said. 

No firemen were injured in the blaze.