(CBS) – The city of Chicago on Thursday continued efforts to demolish the vacant Southeast Side warehouse where firefighter Daniel Capuano was fatally injured earlier this week.
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“We felt the warehouse was not safe for people and the public and we wanted to make sure that it was wrecked immediately,” Kimberly Roberts, city of Chicago deputy corporation counsel, told reporters in court.
City officials say the building is unsafe because the elevator was removed, leaving an open shaft where Capuano, 42, fell to his death early Monday at 92nd and Baltimore as smoke from a rubbish fire obscured his vision.
“Permits were applied for. The work we’ve seen is beyond the scope of those permits,” Roberts said.
Judge Pamela Gillespie said she was concerned, too, about continuing danger and wants the holes covered.
The judge allowed two weeks for attorneys for all sides to inspect and videotape the interior before owner Jantil Patel does the repairs.
Patel was not in court Thursday, but his attorney was.