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Raw Video: Evanston, Illinois Second Alarm Destroys Businesses

In the video above, Steve Redick has video and operations audio from a second alarm fire in Evanston, Illinois early Sunday morning. The full story below.

By Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune

Dec. 29 — A fire that erupted at a restaurant in north suburban Evanston early Sunday morning destroyed three city businesses and sent one firefighter to a hospital with an ankle injury, officials said.

Evanston spokeswoman Martha Logan said the blaze started at 2:24 a.m. at the Pine Yard Restaurant, 1033 Davis St., and at 2:34 a.m. it was elevated to an extra alarm. Their response was further escalated at 3:36 a.m. when flames spread, affecting a total of three commercial buildings in the 1000 block of Davis Street.

One firefighter who suffered an ankle injury while fighting the fire was taken to Evanston Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, Logan said.

The fire was struck out at 6:30 a.m., Logan said in an emailed press release.

The three businesses that were destroyed were the Pine Yard Restaurant, TechniColour Nail & Day Spa, 1031 Davis St., and Taco Diablo Taqueria & Cantina, 1029 Davis St., according to the release. All of the businesses were closed at the time of the fire.

Twelve animals were evacuated from the nearby Bramer Animal Hospital at 1021 Davis St., the release said, and the Wheel & Sprocket bicycle shop at 1027 Davis St. had both water and smoke damage but was protected from further damage by a fire wall.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Logan said in the release.

Fire departments from Glenview, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka all assisted in fighting the fire, the release said.

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