Evanston fire companies responded shortly after 4:30 this afternoon to a report of heavy smoke coming from the roof of a two-story single-family home in the 3200 block of Park Place.

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Division Chief Paul Polep says the first fire company arrived on the scene within three minutes and reporting heavy smoke coming from the attic. The crew from Engine 25 went inside and found a working fire in the attic.

The fire was quickly upgraded to a box alarm, bringing in companies from other communities to assist. It took several Evanston fire companies to deploy two hose lines and extinguish the fire in the attic.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but It appears the fire started at the roof where roofing contractors were making repairs.

There were no reported civilian injuries, but one firefighter was transported to a local hospital for heat exhaustion.

Due to the extensive water damage from firefighting operations, Polep says, the family will be displaced for the evening.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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