Historic Evanston Home Goes Up in Flames

Building was being renovated to become a clock museum

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    A Victorian home under renovation suffered extensive damage in a fire that caused about $800,000 in damage to the structure. (Published Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011)

    An historic Evanston home suffered extensive damage in a fire late Tuesday that caused about $800,000 in damage to the structure.

    Reports of the fire, at 1560 Oak Ave., came in shortly after 11 p.m., according to a release from the Evanston Fire Department.

    The home's owner was in the process of renovating the building and turning it into a clock museum, TribLocal Evanston reported.

    Fire damage was extensive throughout the structure. Damage was estimated at $800,000 to what the fire department called an historic structure.

    The building was unoccupied and under permitted construction at the time of the fire, officials said.

    Firefighter's efforts kept the building next door -- a five-story hotel and commercial building containing the Margarita European Inn, a bed and breakfast, and the Pensiero Ristorante -- free from harm.

    The fire was put out in about an hour, officials said.  No injuries were reported.