A man died Wednesday evening after suffering second- and third-degree burns and smoke inhalation in a fire at his Evanston home earlier in the afternoon, officials said.
Freddie Davis, 65, was pronounced dead shortly before 6 p.m. after being taken to Evanston Hospital for treatment of second- and third-degree burns following the fire at the two-story frame home in which he lived on the 1900 block of Hartrey Avenue, Evanston Fire Department spokesman Chief Division Chief Dwight Hohl said.
The fire started about 5:15 p.m., and when firefighters arrived they found the man on the first floor of the single-family frame home, where the bulk of the fire was contained, Hohl said.
The fire spread up to the home's second floor, but did not do much damage there, and also damaged the siding of a house just to the north of the home that originally caught fire, Hohl said. The residents of the second house will not be displaced, Hohl said in a news release issued Wednesday evening.
Evanston firefighters had the fire under control before 6 p.m. Crews from eight other North Shore suburbs assisted in fighting the fire.
An autopsy is expected today. The State Fire Marshal has been notified, Hohl said.