Two Evanston police officers rescued a 65-year-old woman from her burning home at 2115 Wesley Ave. this afternoon.

City officials say police officers Brian Brandenburg and Ronald Bloomberg arrived at the home about 3:20 p.m., shortly before fire units arrived on the scene.

With Officer Bloomberg at the front door, Officer Brandenburg crawled into the house, located Mary Gibson and brought her to the door. The two officers then carried her down stairs and away from the house just before the fire increased in severity.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze in the two-story home.

A firefighter, Captain Wagner, reportedly injured his left shoulder when he fell down a staircase obscured by smoke from the blaze.

The resident and injured firefighter were both taken to Evanston Hospital where they were being treated for their injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Mutual aid fire companies from nearby communities assisted in putting out the blaze.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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