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A major early morning fire in Downtown Evanston destroyed three businesses on Sunday, Dec. 29. The businesses destroyed were Pine Yard Restaurant, TechniColour Nail & Day Spa and Taco Diablo Restaurant.

The fire was reported at 2:24 a.m. at the Pineyard Restaurant, 1033 Davis Street. At 2:34 a.m., the fire was elevated to an extra alarm, which brought support from surrounding communities. At 3:36 a.m., the fire was upgraded to a second alarm.

All of the businesses were closed at the time of the fire. One Evanston firefighter was treated at the scene for an ankle injury and was transported to Evanston Hospital for treatment. Twelve animals were evacuated from nearby Bramer Animal Hospital, located at 1021 Davis Street. A fire wall protected the adjacent Wheel & Sprocket Bike Shop from the fire, but the store will have water and smoke damage.

Communities providing assistance were Morton Grove, Wilmette, Northfield, Skokie, Winnetka, Park Ridge, Glenview and Niles. At 6:30 a.m., the fire box was struck and the other communitites were released. Evanston Fire and Life Safety remained at the scene to extinguish hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.