Evanston fire on Monroe St. displaces 12


Photo courtesy of Evanston Fire Department

Firefighters at Monroe Street. The fire displaced 12 residents Monday.

Aviva Bechky, Assistant City Editor

A fire in a multi-residential structure on the 1600 block of Monroe St. displaced 12 residents Monday, according to an Evanston Fire Department news release. 

One firefighter was injured and treated at the scene, the release said, and no civilian injuries were reported.

Firefighters rescued four pets from the building, and the American Red Cross was notified to offer mass care and shelter services to displaced residents and animals.

A portion of Monroe Street was temporarily closed and will reopen after crews finish the investigation.

In another Monday news release, EFD said firefighters responded to a fire at 1049 Fowler Ave. Wednesday and extinguished it with minimal fire and water damage. That fire, which began when a person attempted to thaw a frozen water pipe with a torch, resulted in no injuries.

To prevent house fires, the American Red Cross recommends installing smoke alarms and testing them monthly. It also suggests making and regularly rehearsing a family emergency plan in the case of a fire.

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