Evanston fire units are still on the scene of a fire that was first reported around 5 a.m. in the 1800 block of Laurel Avenue on the city’s west side.

Smoke streams from a second floor window of a home at 1809 Laurel Ave.

Reports say two homes at 1809 and 1811 Laurel and their garages were involved in the blaze.

Fire units from several surrounding communities were called in to help Evanston firefighters battle the blaze.

With snow falling, water from fire hydrants pools in the gutter near the fire scene.

Traffic was blocked off on Emerson Street and several side streets in the area, which is located just north of the Evanston Township High School football stadium.

Update 6:40 a.m.: One firefighter reportedly has been injured and is being transported to Evanston Hospital.

Update 7:00 a.m.: The fire reportedly now has been extinguished, but fire units are still on the scene.

Update 7:54 a.m.: City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the injured firefighter is now reported in good condition. He says no one was home in the houses that caught fire and its unclear whether the buildings were occupied. Cause of the fire not known. He says the home at 1807 Laurel was also affected by the fire.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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