Two families were displaced from their apartments by a fire this afternoon at 1939 Jackson Ave. in Evanston

Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl says the first fire companies arriving at the scene about 3:22 p.m. found heavy smoke showing on the north side of the building and found heavy smoke and fire in a second floor bedroom.

Fire companies from neighboring communities including Wilmette were called to the scene as firefighters extinguished the blaze, which had spread to the attic.

The occupants of both apartment units had gotten out of the building before firefighters arrived.

The blaze was extinguished by 4:09 p.m. The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated and the Red Cross is assisting the two families in finding temporary housing.

No injuries to residents or firefighters were reported.

Neighbors watch as smoke pours from the burning building and firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.

Original story 3:49 p.m.

Evanston fire units are on the scene of a fire in a home at 1939 Jackson Ave.

The fire was first reported about 3:20 p.m.

Most Evanston fire units responded to the scene and units from Wilmette were also called in to assist.

There was no immediate word on any injuries.

The property is listed in city records as a two or three family dwelling unit.

Update: 4:20 p.m.: The fire was reported extinguished and crews started leaving the scene by shortly after 4 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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