Multiple People Injured When Chicago Building Crumbles After Explosion

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CHICAGO — A building on Chicago’s West Side collapsed Tuesday morning after a nearby building exploded, leaving multiple people injured in the Austin neighborhood, Chicago fire officials said.

The explosion took place just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday on the top floor of an apartment building near the intersection of West End Avenue and North Central Avenue. On social media, Chicago Fire officials said that the department was requesting manpower for structure searches.

There was an explosion at Central & West End. Adjacent building is being evacuated. There are a number of transports. Update to follow with transport info. No further info at this time. 0 pic.twitter.com/Wmol70blSU
— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) September 20, 2022

Fire officials sent out an alert just before 10 a.m. that the adjacent building was being evacuated and fire officials said that eight people have been injured and taken to local hospitals. Fire officials said on social media that 10 ambulances were sent to the scene.

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Of the eight people injured, Chicago fire officials said that three people were in critical to serious condition. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was en route to the scene as part of the investigation, the department said.

This is a developing story. Patch will update when more information becomes available.

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