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On June 5, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services’ fire companies were dispatched to the 1300 block of Judson Avenue for a structure fire of a multi-family, three-story frame building with four apartments, said Division Chief Dwight Hohl.

First arriving fire companies found heavy smoke coming from the building’s eaves and fire showing in the south east side of the roof area. They also received a report of someone trapped on the third floor, said Division Chief Hohl.

The fire was immediately upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm, as Evanston fire companies launched an aggressive attack combined with a primary search of the third floor looking for the victim, said the Division Chief. Initially the third floor was difficult to reach, and controlling the fire from the interior and fire tactics had to be changed from using hand lines to using Ariel operations to control the fire spread. Once the fire was brought under control; fire companies were able to mount another aggressive interior attack and extinguished the fire, said the Division Chief.

The primary and secondary searches found no victim.

Division 3 sent fire chiefs and fire companies from eight communities to assist. Chiefs came from Skokie and Wilmette, while fire companies responded from Skokie, Morton Grove, Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield, Niles, Glenview and Park Ridge.

An MABAS Investigation Box was also called to assist with the search for the origin and cause of the fire.

The Red Cross came and assisted the 14 occupants who were displaced by the fire.

Evanston Fire had one minor injury to report, said the Division Chief.