At least eight people were injured when a four-story building partially collapsed due to an explosion on the city’s West Side Tuesday morning, according to authorities.
The collapse reportedly occurred around 9 a.m. near North Central Avenue and West Washington Boulevard. The building next door was evacuated, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Level 1 Hazmat was sent to the scene, as was the ATF and the CPD bomb unit.
At least 10 ambulances were dispatched to the scene, with six transports so far. The number of total injuries was not immediately clear, but according to fire officials, eight people were taken to area hospitals:
Two men were taken to Loyola University medical center, one in serious to critical condition one in fair condition;
A man and a woman were teach taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in fair condition;
A woman was taken to West Suburban medical center in fair condition;
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One man was taken to Mt Sinai Hospital in serious to critical condition
Two men were taken to Stroger in serious-to critical-condition.
Urban Alternatives, a property management company that manages the 35-unit building at 5601 W. West End Ave. released a statement Tuesday morning confirming the explosion.
“This is a devastating event and we are heartbroken for all of our residents,” according to a statement attributed to Roman Viere, the building’s owner
“Our first concern is the health, well-being and safety of our residents. We are doing everything we can to cooperate with emergency services, and we are ready to do whatever we can to support our residents.”
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