An extra-alarm fire forced 12 Evanston residents from their homes this weekend.


An extra-alarm fire forced 12 Evanston residents from their homes this weekend.

Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky says the blaze early Saturday morning in a two-flat at 1821 Hovland Court started on a bed in a bedroom in the second floor apartment.

Firefighters arriving on the scene saw flames shooting out a second floor window and found the entire second floor was fully involved in the blaze.

Berkowsky says all residents managed to evacuate the building safely. There were no reports of injuries, and firefighters placed tarps over furnishings on the first floor to protect them from water damage.

The American Red Cross and the Evanston Police Department’s victim-services unit located temporary housing for the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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