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A teenage boy was transported to Evanston Hospital from the scene of a house fire at 1427 Fowler Ave. that was reported just after 4:15 p.m. this afternoon.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber says all of Evanston’s fire and ambulance units responded to the scene.

A box alarm was also called to bring in fire units from nearby communities, but it appeared the fire was extinguished before those units arrived.

Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl says fire companies entering the building found flames on the first floor and that the fire had also spread to a second floor bedroom.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the youth suffered a minor injury jumping from the second floor of the home.

The blaze in the single-family brick home sent smoke billowing across the west Evanston neighborhood on this afternoon’s strong winds.

A dog and cat who’d been in the house were rescued, and while the dog ran around the block, a firefighter administered oxygen to the cat.

Other than the teenager and the two animals, no one else what at home at the time of the fire.

Hohl says the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation. There was sufficient damage to the home to force the residents to relocate. No injuries to firefighters were reported.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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