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Evanston fire companies responded to two structure fires within a two-hour window on April 15. Both fires were quickly located and extinguished with minimal damage to property. One resident was treated for smoke inhalation. The Evanston Fire Department credits the professionalism of its personnel for the quick response time to both structures, which averaged 3 minutes, and the working smoke alarms, which alerted residents to call 9-1-1 to report the fires.
The first fire incident occurred at approximately 12:16 p.m. at 1725 Darrow Avenue in Evanston, which is a two-and-a-half story frame residence.
Evanston’s Battalion Chief was first on the scene, reporting smoke and upgrading the alarm to a Code – 4, which resulted in additional Evanston fire companies responding to the scene.
Suppression companies were able to locate and extinguish the fire, which had started in the kitchen area of the second floor apartment. The fire was brought under control at about 12:30 p.m.
The male resident on the second floor sustained smoke inhalation, was evaluated on the scene, and transported to the local hospital for follow-up care.
The second fire response was at 2137 Maple Avenue at approximately 2:49 p.m. This is a multi-family frame student residence. Residents of the first floor reported hearing the smoke alarm and smelling smoke. Evanston Fire companies extinguished a mattress fire located on the third floor. There were no reports of injuries to Evanston Fire personnel.
The only resident displaced will be from 1725 Darrow Avenue, who was taken to the hospital. Assistance from the Red Cross was not needed.
The Evanston Fire Prevention Bureau will be investigating both fires for the cause and origin.