Ashley Beauty Supply at 751 Howard St. was gutted by the fire. (EFD photo)

Nine people living in three apartments in a two-story building 741 Howard St. were displaced by a fire early Tuesday morning.

Fire Division Chief Kimberly Kull says fire units responded to the scene at 2:10 a.m. and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the Ashley Beauty Supply store in the building at the corner of Howard Street and Elmwood Avenue.

Kull says firefighters managed to put out the blaze within 15 minutes and kept it from spreading to other parts of the building.

Most residents of the nine apartments on the second floor got out on their own, but Kull says firefighters helped several others escape.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The American Red Cross responded to the scene and provided emergency services and housing assistance to nine displaced residents.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. So sorry to hear about the 741Howard fire.
    For years it has been affordable housing for many. It also served as the cities very first police outpost, it was home to Apple the Second a beautiful Custom clothing , jewelry and accessories boutique. The store in the corner has been there for 30 or 40 years as far as I know. And I’m sure everybody remembers the fabulous kale burger!

    Hopefully this building can be repaired and everybody will be back in business and housed quickly.

    Thanks once again to EFD for Getting the fire under control quickly.

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