Fire struck a home at 1320 Dewey Ave. in Evanston this morning, and firefighters managed to rescue several cats from the burning structure.

Traffic was blocked on Dempster Street for part of the morning by fire equipment used to battle the blaze.

Fire Division Chief Kimberly Kull says firefighters found restricted access to the home and heavy smoke and fire on the first floor.

Neighboring fire departments also responded to the blaze.

Kull says residents of the home were able to exit the building without injury, but one firefighter is being treated at a local hospital for a minor injury.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.