Fire rips through Evanston apartment building

December 28, 2008 7:04:13 AM PST
Twenty families are out of their homes after a fire ripped through an apartment building in Evanston Saturday night. The fire started around 9 p.m. in the 600-block of Sheridan Road. Officials say it started inside one apartment and quickly spread to two other units.

The fire was so intense firefighters from six neighboring towns assisted the Evanston Fire Department.

Residents scrambled to get out of the burning building.

"I heard some crackling and I started smelling smoke, and I just got the kids, got them out and just called the fire department. Didn't know it would turn into this. So thank God everybody's okay," said one resident.

Three homes in the 12-unit building were destroyed.


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