A man died after an early morning fire Tuesday in an apartment building in north suburban Evanston, fire officials said.
Firefighters rushed to the home around 5 a.m. in the 1300 block of Oakton Street, where they found the three-story building in flames. The fire had started on the top floor of the building.
Firefighters struggled to make entry on the top floor and were forced to enter through the back of the building. They noted that the fire was extinguished quickly, however.
A 65-year-old man was pulled from the building and taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Later, Evanston fire officials reported the man had died.
Police warned those in the area to avoid the intersection of Oakton and Asbury as crews worked at the scene.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.