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At 5:27 p.m., on Oct. 22, Evanston fire companies responded to the 1900 Block of Colfax Street for the report of a structure fire in a single family residence.
First arriving companies encountered heavy smoke and moderate fire conditions in the rear of the structure, along with reports of an elderly couple still inside the home. Upon making entry into the home and initiating an interior attack, fire companies were confronted with heavy smoke conditions. Search attempts resulted in locating the elderly couple still inside the home. EFD assisted the residents out of the building where they were evaluated for possible smoke inhalation. One of the residents was transported to a local area hospital where he was treated and released. Due to the quick offensive attack the fire was extinguished within 20 minutes of the initial call.
The alarm was upgraded to the MABAS Box level, bringing in additional equipment from other municipalities to assist with the fire, and covering the City of Evanston. There were no reported firefighter injuries.
Red Cross was brought in to assist the homeowners with temporary living arrangements until the home is deemed safe for occupancy. The cause of the fire still remains under investigation with no foul play expected.