On Sunday, January 28, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Evanston Fire Department responded to reports of a fire at a mixed-use commercial structure located at 1402 Greenleaf Street.

First-arriving companies reached the scene in minutes, encountering smoke from the roofline. Despite a well-coordinated, aggressive interior attack, fire operations quickly turned defensive as fire ravaged the structure, and conditions began to deteriorate rapidly.

The fire was quickly upgraded to a third alarm, bringing in eleven fire departments to assist with fire operations and City coverage. Seven fire lines and three master streams were used to contain the blaze and prevent fire from spreading to adjacent structures, bringing the fire largely under control by 1 a.m. the next day.

Extensive smoke and fire damage resulted in the displacement of all residents within the building. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.

Street closures impacting portions of Greenleaf Street, Ashland, Wesley, and Asbury Avenues are closed this morning to allow for the staging of fire apparatus.