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Loose Window Trim Shuts Down Huron, Near Michigan

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A block of Huron Street was cordoned off this afternoon between Michigan Avenue and Rush Street – so a fallen piece of metal window trim could be removed from a ninth- floor ledge

The building used to be Chicago Place shopping center.

The corner of Michigan Avenue and Huron was blocked off while crews removed a piece of metal from a window ledge. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

The corner of Michigan Avenue and Huron was blocked off while crews removed a piece of metal from a window ledge. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Fire Department First Battalion Chief Michael Gubricky told WBBM Newsradio Steve Miller that the window trim that fell on the ledge was about three-feet long.

“Somebody from the hotel next door saw the piece of metal laying there,” Gubricky said. “It does pose a hazard because if we get the wind later on today. We’re not going to put anybody up over the side, and of course we can’t reach it from the ground. We’re waiting for the window washer company.”

Enter window washer Eloy Rodriguez, who got the call from the fire department.

“They tell us, you got to be here as soon as possible,” Rodriquez said. “So we show up and we went over the (side of) the building and removed the metal piece.”

“But it’s funny because we are the ones calling the fire department all the time. They always help us out. So to receive a phone call from the fire department, that was funny.”

Rodriguez says it took him and his crew more time to get there because of the traffic than it took to use a rope to go down the side of the building and grab the piece of metal.

The fire department says the building’s facade will probably be inspected now to see if any other pieces of metal trim are ready to fall.