On Tuesday, at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Evanston Fire Department responded to reports of a fire in a business located on the first floor of a two-story multi-residential structure at 741 Howard St, according to a press release from the EFD.
First-responding companies encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions upon arrival and immediately called for additional resources to contain the threat. Neighboring fire departments were called to assist with fire investigation and respond to emergency calls in Evanston.
Due to a well-coordinated interior attack, the fire was extinguished in 15 minutes and contained to the unit of origin. Extensive smoke damage resulted in the displacement of residents in three of the nine apartments in the building. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Although most residents could safely evacuate, firefighters successfully escorted several residents from the second floor of the burning building. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. American Red Cross responded to the scene and provided emergency services and housing assistance to nine displaced residents.
Source: Evanston Fire Department Press Release