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A fire that started on the second floor of a two-flat building on Stewart Avenue north of Central Street was quickly extinguished by Evanston firefighters this evening.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber at the scene that the fire at 2637 Stewart was first reported at 7:51 p.m. and the first units to arrive found  smoke emerging from the upper level of the two-and-a-half story building.

Extra units were called, and most of the city’s fire units ended up responding to the scene.

Klaiber says firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading from the second floor area where it began.

Crews spent considerable time ventilating the attic level of the building as clusters of neighbors watched from the street below.

Klaiber says no one was injured in the fire and that a fire inspector has been called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire and whether the building is still habitable.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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