West Evanston fire displaces 2 families

Two families were displaced by a house fire Thursday afternoon in west Evanston. No one was injured in the blaze.

Source: Evanston fire department

Two families were displaced by a house fire Thursday afternoon in west Evanston. No one was injured in the blaze.

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

Two families are homeless after a house fire Thursday afternoon in west Evanston, according to the city’s fire department.

No one was hurt in the fire, which broke out at about 3:22 p.m. in a two-story house in the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue, the department said. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

Firefighters found heavy smoke on the north side of the house and more heavy smoke and fire in a second-floor bedroom, according to the department. The blaze was put out by 4:09 p.m.

The department said the families made it out of the house before firefighters arrived. The Red Cross will help the families find a new living arrangement.

— Patrick Svitek