By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) Two people and one cat were able to escape without injury from a fire that started in their basement in Evanston Monday night.

Around 7:29 p.m., Evanston firefighters were called to the 1800 block of Washington Street for several reports of a house fire.

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With the help of neighboring communities, Evanston firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire within 30 minutes of the crews arriving on the scene.

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The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago was able to provide housing, food and social services for the displaced residents.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff