Emergency personnel successfully evacuated several residents living in a six-unit building at 4549 Forest Ave. in Brookfield after one resident called to report a fire at the rear of the building on Jan. 6 at 6:45 p.m.
The resident who dialed 911, a 21-year-old woman, was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but was not hospitalized, according to the police report.
The emergency call came early enough that fire damage was limited in scope, although heavy smoke damage inside the six-unit building forced residents to seek alternate shelter immediately following the fire.
Police who arrived first at the scene reported fire coming from a rear basement window. Trash from a plastic trash cart, which is believed to be where the fire started, was burning immediately adjacent to a garden-level window at the southeast corner of the building.
The window frame and drywall immediately inside the window were charred by flames, but the fire did not penetrate much deeper.
Due to the smoke, police and fire personnel evacuated residents from all of the units inside the 2.5-story brick building, forcing open the rear door to the building and the door to one of the units.
Firefighters doused the fire, and while residents were not allowed back into the building that night, utilities remained connected inside the building.
The fire does not appear to be suspicious in origin, police and fire officials said.