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At 7:37 p.m. on May 2 Evanston Fire Department responded to the 1500 block of Cleveland Street, for the reported structure fire with flames visible in a single family ranch home.
The first arriving company arrived on the scene within three minutes of the dispatch. Crews reported heavy smoke and fire conditions from the front of the building, and all the residents had evacuated. Engine 24 crew initiated a transitional attack from the outside of the structure, then moving to the interior extinguishing the remaining fire. Evanston fire companies quickly completed searches and began property preservation and overhaul.
Working smoke detectors alerted the family of four, who were able to escape the burning house without incident. The extent of damage to the structure has displaced the family, and they are now being assisted by Red Cross. The alarm was held to a Code 4 response utilizing all Evanston fire companies, with no reported firefighter injuries. It appears the fire started in the kitchen, but is still under investigation.