A man was injured when a couch in his apartment caught fire late Sunday evening.

Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber says the fire in a courtyard apartment building at 730 Noyes St. was reported at 11:24 p.m. and Engine 23, the first fire company on the scene, was able to break into the second floor unit and extinguish the blaze.

The 56-year-old man, who had burns on his hands and was suffering from smoke inhalation, was taken by ambulance to Evanston Hospital. Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl said the victim was in critical condition.

Klaiber said residents of two adjoining apartment units in the Rockwood Gardens building were expected to be temporarily displaced as a result of the fire and that the Red Cross had been called to offer relocation assistance.

At least a half dozen Evanston fire units responded to the scene at the intersection of Noyes Street and Sherman Avenue.

No firefighters were injured, Klaiber said, and an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the fire.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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