The streets around the fire were opened earlier this afternoon and the injured firefighter was released from the hospital.
Both Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and 4th Ward Alderman Don Wilson issued statements praising the fire department's efforts.
“We appreciate the outstanding efforts of the Evanston Fire Department who are protecting our city 24 hours a day,” Tisdahl said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the business owners whose businesses have been lost, and we are grateful that no one was seriously injured.”
“The Evanston Fire Department did a fantastic job battling the blaze for nearly five hours,” Wilson said. “It is unfortunate that these three businesses were lost, but we were able to prevent the fire from extending beyond the immediate area.”
The city also released several new photos of the scene, which can be viewed by clicking through the thumbnail images above.Original post:
Fire swept through three downtown Evanston businesses early Sunday morning, destroying them and injuring a firefighter. The cause of the fire is being investigated, the city said.
The fire was first reported at Pine Yard Restaurant, at 1033 Davis St., at 2:24 a.m., according to the city. It spread to neighboring TechniColour Nail & Day Spa and Taco Diablo Restaurant, destroying both establishments.
All three businesses were closed at the time. The nearby Bramer Animal Hospital had 12 animals inside, all of which were safely evacuated. An Evanston firefighter was taken to the hospital with an ankle injury, the city said.
Wheel & Sprocket Bike Shop, which opened in May, was protected by a fire wall, but will have smoke and water damage, the city said.
A neighbor uploaded a video of the scene, which you can watch by clicking on the image above.
The Evanston Fire Department was Tweeting from the scene, which you can read here.
The full press release from the city is below:
A major early morning fire in Downtown Evanston destroyed three businesses on Sunday, December 29, 2013. The businesses destroyed were Pine Yard Restaurant, TechniColour Nail & Day Spa and Taco Diablo Restaurant.
The fire was reported at 2:24 a.m. at the Pineyard Restaurant, 1033 Davis Street. At 2:34 a.m., the fire was elevated to an extra alarm, which brought support from surrounding communities. At 3:36 a.m., the fire was upgraded to a second alarm.
All of the businesses were closed at the time of the fire. One Evanston firefighter was treated at the scene for an ankle injury and was transported to Evanston Hospital for treatment. Twelve animals were evacuated from nearby Bramer Animal Hospital, located at 1021 Davis Street. A fire wall protected the adjacent Wheel & Sprocket Bike Shop from the fire, but the store will have water and smoke damage.
Communities providing assistance were Morton Grove, Wilmette, Northfield, Skokie, Winnetka, Park Ridge, Glenview and Niles. At 6:30 a.m., the fire box was struck and the other communitites were released. Evanston Fire and Life Safety remained at the scene to extinguish hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.