An early morning fire apparently caused by an explosion that may have been intentional is reportedly under investigation by the Evanston Police Department and the State Fire Marshal. The explosion occurred just before midnight on June 9 in the 1400 block of Brown Avenue, just a few blocks from Evanston Township High School. Five people were rescued from the home, three of whom were treated for minor injuries.

A statement from the Evanston Police Department said police officers and firefighters responded to a call of a house explosion at 11:30 p.m. on June 8.

“The initial investigation revealed that an unknown subject broke one of the first floor windows and then threw an unknown explosive device inside the residence. The device detonated causing significant damage to the house, including breaking some or all of the first floor windows. 

“The Evanston Police Department is working with the State Fire Marshal and other outside agencies to investigate this incident. There are no suspects in custody.

“If you believe you may have information about this investigation contact the Evanston Police Detective Bureau at 847-866-5040 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) and then start your message with EPDTIP,” the statement said.

Henry Patton, who lives a few doors down from the home, said he was watching TV around midnight when he heard a noise. “I didn’t pay attention to it,” he said, but he then went out and saw fire trucks and ambulances and the street blocked off.

Mr. Patton and a man who has a business nearby told the RoundTable they thought the house was being rented out.

— Mary Gavin contributed to this story.

Bob Seidenberg

Bob Seidenberg is an award-winning reporter covering issues in Evanston for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

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