Updated: House near Evanston Township High School catches fire; teen injured

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor

A teenager is in stable condition tonight after jumping from the second floor of a burning house near Evanston Township High School, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the fire at about 4:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of Fowler Avenue, according to the Evanston fire department. The first responders found the teen, who was taken to Evanston Hospital.

Albert Frazier, who lives on Fowler Avenue and reported the fire, said he first noticed the smell of smoke at about 4 p.m. He went to the back of his home and saw smoke coming from a house two doors down, he said.

“I could just tell by the smell it was wood, plaster burning,” Frazier recalled.

Firefighters put out the fire on both the first floor and a second-floor bedroom in less than an hour, the fire department said.

Where and how the fire started remain under investigation.

The family living in the house recently moved in, neighbor Valencia Frazier said.

— Edward Cox