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Evanston fire crews put out a blaze in a two-flat apartment building in the 300 block of Custer Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday.

Fire Division Chief Paul Polep says the first arriving companies encountered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building with smoke stains around the basement entrance.

Fire crews forced entry to find a small contents fire in one of the rooms, Polep says, and quickly extinguished the fire, and then ventilated the building.

All residents were outside the building when fire crews arrived and the firefighters rescued two kittens from the building — who were in good condition.

Polep say that after the fire was put out the residents were able to return to their units with minimal smoke damage to the room where the fire started

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Polep says no foul play is suspected.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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