A fire that broke out around 9:20 this morning damaged a home at 2145 Brummel St. in Evanston.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber says the elderly resident of the home told investigators that he was using a space heater in the bedroom where the fire began.

Klaiber says almost all of the city’s fire units responded to the blaze and firefighters managed to limit the damage to the bedroom at the front of the house where the fire broke out.

No one was injured, and Klaiber said officials are working to find temporary housing for the resident with friends or neighbors.

Above: A man believed to be the resident of the home sits in a chair on the sidewalk covered with blankets as firefighters mop up after extinguishing the blaze.

Update 4:35 p.m. 4/27/11: Fire officials now say that after further investigation they now believe an electrical surge, rather than the space heater, caused the fire.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Fire at 2145 Brummel

    Hi, I am the granddaughter of the residents that live at 2145 Brummel. It’s very upsetting to read this story that has been posted. Most of all the information posted is incorrect. The space heater”is NOT to blame for the fire. Fire Chief Greg Klaiber ruled OUT the space heater for being the cause of the fire. The cause of the fire was an electrical surge, due to possibly having too many things plugged in at once. Also, the space heater was not plugged in at the time of the fire nor was it destroyed from the fire. It would be nice if a story is going to be posted on the internet, to have CORRECT information. People love to exaggerate and make stories seem 10 times worse, when in reality the fire was bad, but not to the point of having all of Evanston’s fire units at the fire which is what this article says. Yes, it was a one bedroom fire and there is pretty bad damage, but the good thing is my grandparents are safe and nobody was injured. “Klaiber said officials are working to find temporary housing for the resident with friends or neighbors”….This is another incorrect statement! Our family and my Grandparents insurance company are working on finding temporary housing. To have such a tragic and shocking event take place the day after Easter Sunday is very painful, and is affecting the whole family not just my grandparents. It would be nice to have an article/story about what happened posted online with CORRECT information. That’s all that needs to be said! (P.S…HEATER is spelled with a “t” not a “d”).

    1. Brummel fire

      Hi Andrea,

      Thanks for your note.

      I've spoken again to Chief Klaiber and he says that at the time he spoke to me about the fire on Monday, the fire department believed the space heater was the cause of the fire.

      He tells me now that after further investigation the department now believes the fire was caused by an electrical surge, as you say.

      He further says that the story is correct in saying that nearly all of Evanston's fire units were on the scene. He also says that response is typical for a fire of this nature — the department wants to have as many people on scene as possible in an effort to keep the fire from spreading.

      I was also at the scene and saw nearly all of the city's fire units there.

      Klaiber also says that the fire department was involved in the effort to help find temporary housing.

      You're right that there was a typographical error in the spelling of "heater" in the body of the story. I've now fixed that.



  2. Hi I am  61 years old soon to

    Hi I am  61 years old soon to be 62 in July,My Father had that house  built when I was 5 years old My Brother & Sisters grew up in that house when I was 5 years old,my Heart is aching when My Brother  rode past yesterday & saw what happened.and called me I felt like someone kicked me in the heart.Praying for the family lived there

     I am so Sorry for our Loss

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