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One person was critically injured in a fire late this afternoon at 1937 Hartrey Ave. on Evanston’s west side. The victim was transported to Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl says the fire broke out about 5:15 p.m.

Fire units from Evanston and eight nearby suburbs — including Skokie, Morton Grove, Wilmette and Winnetka were called to the scene.

Hohl says the first fire crews to arrive found heavy smoke and fire on the first floor of the building. They found the victim, a man about 65 years old, suffering from second and third degree burns and smoke inhalation and transported him by ambulance to the hospital.

Neighbors told the Evanston Review that the victim, Fred Davis, was a retired Evanston city employee. He reportedly was a diabetic and lived alone.

Siding on an adjoining home to the north was damaged by heat from the fire.

No injuries were reported to any of the firefighters who battled the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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