Fire investigators have determined a buildup of natural gas at an apartment building in Washington Park likely caused an explosion that leveled the building over the weekend, injuring two women who were inside.
Firefighters swarmed the property at 58th Street and Calumet Avenue around 7 p.m. after reports of an explosion, and they pulled two women from the flattened property.
Firefighters were waiting for building inspectors to allow them to begin searching the rubble for victims in what’s left of the apartment building near Van Buren Street and Kostner Avenue.
The fire at the home in the 6500 block of South Emerald Avenue was extinguished about 3:30 a.m., according to Chicago Fire Department Media Affairs. At 5:30 a.m., CFD Media Affairs said the house had collapsed.
Fire Department officials said a blaze that led to the partial collapse of an apartment building in Park Manor appeared to be the result of arson.
Several residents in the Pilsen neighborhood were forced out of their homes early Wednesday, after the façade of their building collapsed.
Emergency crews are responding to reports of a building collapse.
Firefighters rescued a man who was trapped when a building collapsed in the West Pullman neighborhood Monday morning.
The commercial building’s parapet wall collapsed at about 4 p.m., sending bricks and an awning crashing to the ground at 136 and 138 Broadway.
A historic building in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood was torn down overnight, after its upper story came crashing to the ground and left four people injured.
A landmark building in the Gresham neighborhood was being torn down Tuesday night, after part of the building collapsed earlier in the day, injuring four people.