Evanston Firefighters found smoke coming from the roof and windows of a residence at 1017 Mulford St. when they arrived on the scene about 4:25 p.m. today.
As the first crews arrived on scene, Fire Chief Brian Scott said, they quickly determined that the fire was in the first floor kitchen and was already extending into the second floor through a void space. None of the residents were at home, but a pet dog perished due to smoke inhalation.
“This fire certainly had a significant head start prior to discovery and FD notification. Firefighters did an outstanding job of quickly containing the fire to area of origin while saving a majority of the structure.” Scott said..
Evanston fire companies were assisted by neighboring communities in both handling the fire as well as providing fire and EMS coverage for the remainder of the city during the incident. There were no reported injuries to either civilians or firefighters.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.