Close Call: Mayday in Evanston, IL With Audio

An Evanston firefighter remained hospitalized Saturday night after crews battled a Christmas morning fire that ravaged two homes and three garages in the northern suburb.

Two other firefighters were also injured in the blaze on the 1800 block of Laurel that broke out at 5:07 a.m.

Evanston Fire Battalion Chief Don Kunita said emergency crews arrived at the scene three minutes later and found a fire that was “getting big rapidly.’’

Toward the end of the battle against the fire, a “Mayday” was called when one firefighter had trouble breathing.

“He obviously needed help. We got him out of there,’’ Kunita said. The firefighter, a 25-year veteran of the department, was taken to Evanston Hospital, where he was in good condition Saturday night.