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Explosion and fire strikes house on Brown

Police say someone threw an explosive device into the home through a first floor window.

A fire-damaged couch sits on the lawn of the building at 1422 Brown Ave. this morning.

An explosion and fire struck a two-unit apartment building at 1422 Brown Ave. in Evanston overnight.

Reports say five people were in the building when the explosion occurred around midnight and all managed to get out with at most minor injuries.

Crime scene tape wrapped the front of the property this morning.


Update 12:50 p.m.: Police say someone broke one of the first floor windows and threw an unknown explosive device inside. The device detonated causing significant damage to the house, including breaking some or all of the first floor windows.

Evanston Police are 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.


Cook County property records indicate the building at 1422 Brown Ave. is owned by Skokie landlord Sargon Isaac. Fires have broken out at two other Evanston buildings owned by Isaac in recent years.

In 2017 a fire at 1726 Lyons St. left 10 people displaced, and in 2016 a fire across the street at 1719 Lyons displaced one person.

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