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On July 18, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services fire companies responded to 1830 Laurel Avenue, a frame single family house, said Division Chief Dwight Hohl.
First arriving fire companies reported smoke on the south side of the house and upon entering found heavy smoke and fire in the living room and kitchen areas, he said.
The alarm was immediately upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm to the first level; bringing fire companies from Division 3 to assist. Fire companies conducted a quick primary search of the residence simultaneously with a fast fire attack and extinguished the fire, preventing it from spreading to the upstairs bedrooms. The MABAS Box was struck at 8:06 p.m., said the Division Chief.
The cause and origin of the fire is currently being investigated.
A family of five has been displaced. No assistance was needed from the Red Cross. No firefighters were injured, Division Chief Hohl added.