Evanston fire officials say a stolen car was set on fire in the 500 block of Michigan Avenue about 4 a.m. today.

Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl says fire units responding to the scene outside a building at 542-544 Michigan found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

No one was inside the car, and Hohl says no injuries were reported.

The torched car, a 2012 Nissan, was reported stolen in Chicago on May 28, and Evanston police are investigating the incident.

Police spokesman Perry Polinski says officers have a vague description of a person who is believed to have started the fire — a heavyset Hispanic man who drove off in a white car.

Top: An image of the burning car shot through an apartment window by a nearby resident awakened by the noise.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I wondered what this was…

    So this is what happened!  I live just down the street and couldn't see what was going on…just saw neighbors outside taking pictures with their phones – was too tired to go outside and join them.  I heard and felt the explosion though – sounded like a war car bomb went off!

    Wouldn't be surprised if my drug-dealing neighbors had something to do with this.  I wish they'd get the heck out of Evanston and let us live in peace.

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