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Extra-Alarm Fire Destroys Building In Evanston

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An extra-alarm fire destroyed a building in downtown Evanston overnight. (Credit: CBS)

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UPDATED 03/16/11 8:50 a.m.

EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) – Firefighters in Evanston had their hands full battling a three-alarm blaze that destroyed a building overnight.

The fire broke out in a three-story frame building at 1560 Oak Ave., near the intersection with Grove Street in downtown Evanston, according to an Evanston firefighter. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke when they arrived on the scene around 11 p.m.

Heavy fire was also coming from the rear of the building, Evanston firefighters said in a news release.

The fire was out by midnight Tuesday night. No one was injured, firefighters said.

Damage to historic the building was estimated at $800,000. But firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to the historic Margarita European Inn and Pensiero Ristorante, at 1566 Oak Ave. next door.

The building was under renovation at the time, Evanston firefighters said. Patch.com reported that plans were underway to open a clock museum in the building.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.