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UPDATE: Retired City Worker Died After House Fire on Hartrey

Fred Davis, 65, died at the hospital from injuries suffered in a fire that broke out at 1937 Hartrey Ave. in Evanston on Wednesday night. No one else was inside the house, fire officials said.

Update, 1:30 pm Thursday:

Fred Davis, 65, died after a fire broke out at his home at 1937 Hartrey Ave. in Evanston last night, according to Division Chief Dwight Hohl.

Davis was a retired city sanitation worker, according to neighbor Kelly Young. He also volunteered for years delivering food from the pantry at nearby Friendship Baptist Church to several food pantries in the area, Young said.

"He was a nice person," she said. "He'd help you if he could."

Original story:

One man died after a fire broke out in a northwest Evanston home, authorities say. 

The blaze appeared to have started on the first floor of the two-story home at 1937 Hartrey Ave. around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Division Chief Dwight Hohl. One man in his sixties was transported to the hospital in critical condition with second and third degree burns, Hohl said. He died shortly afterwards at the hospital, according to Hohl. His name is not being released while fire officials notify his family.

There were no other occupants in the house at the time the fire broke out, and no one else was injured. The side of the house next door to the fire sustained some damage from heat radiation, according to Hohl, but the residents were not evacuated.

Hohl said the cause of the fire was still under investigation and that the fire department had notified the state fire marshall's office, which is called in whenever there is a death in a fire.

"We were able to get it under control relatively quick," he said. "Of course with fires, you always have to check for other hidden fires."

Fire departments from eight different communities responded to the blaze, he said.

Neighbor Kelly Young said she was impressed with how quickly the fire trucks arrived. 

"They were here johnny on the spot," she said. 

Editor's Note: This story was updated with further details at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday night.

Glenella Wilson April 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM
The World and the community has lost a kind and gentle spirit that would help anyone he could rest in peace Fred your living was not in vain
Randy Williams April 27, 2013 at 11:51 PM
R.I.P Fred Davis! Good man indeed! Never heard him talk bad about or put somebody down. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family. I don't recall Fred being a cigarette smoker, and am curious what would cause such an early evening fire that who incapacitate him so that he could not rescue or save himself. Was he cooking and perhaps fell to sleep. Strange not so much of a mention of smoke detectors in the apt/home. The coverage, report is minimal here! A followup in due course of a thorough investigation is in order?! As a friend to Fred Davis, /S/ Randy Williams
Marlena Davis April 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM
My uncle Freddie was a good person. I don't recall anything being wrong with his legs. He always walked fine when I saw him or was with him. Thank you Randy Williams. Thank you all for your sincere respects.
Debra Lewis April 28, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Cousin Freddie was truly a good hearted man. He was always willing to help anyone. We will miss him, love to the family!
tricia west May 08, 2013 at 06:14 AM
I also new Fred he was a sweet person I used to come by his house for years to talk to him keeping him company I will miss him I would usually call him to see how he is doing haven't talked to him in about 3months rip Fred love Tricia I wish I new when funeral is or was

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