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Fire strikes home being rehabbed

An Evanston firefighter suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon while battling a fire that caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to a home undergoing renovation.

Firefighters say they learned of the blaze at 1920 Wesley Ave. about 4 p.m. from a resident who ran to the fire station located less than a block away at 1332 Emerson St.

When they arrived at the scene, they found the rear of the building engulfed in flames and said the heat was starting to melt siding on houses to either side of the burning structure.

Fire Division Chief Kevin Kelly said all Evanston fire companies responded to the scene along with a ladder tower truck from Skokie.

Mutual-aid companies were used to provide coverage to the rest of the City during the fire.

Firefighters say they were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, preventing any serious damage to the adjacent homes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The injured firefighter suffered a minor cut to his hand. No other injuries were reported.

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