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At 9:09 p.m., Sunday, March 8, Evanston fire companies responded to the 2200 Block of Sherman Ave. for the report of a structure fire in a single-family residence.

First-arriving companies encountered heavy fire engulfing the south side of the residence, along with heavy smoke conditions throughout the building. Firefighters also noticed a confused resident in the front doorway of the home. Fire crews initiated a transitional attack from the outside of the building, while removing the resident from unfavorable fire conditions. Firefighters then made entry into the home where an interior attack and search commenced, at this time interior companies rescued the family cat from harm’s way. Due to the quick transitional and offensive attack, the fire was extinguished within 60 minutes of the initial call.

The alarm was upgraded to the Second Level of the MABAS Box Alarm system, bringing in additional equipment from other municipalities to assist with the fire, and cover the City of Evanston for other emergency incidents. There were two firefighters transported to area hospitals with minor soft tissue injuries. The resident of the home was also transported to an area hospital said to be in good condition.

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation by the Evanston Fire Prevention Bureau. 

For more information, contact Deputy Chief Paul Polep at ppolep@cityofevanston.org