Chicago building explosion: at least 8 people taken to hospital



Eight people were taken to hospitals from the scene of a building explosion in Chicago on Tuesday morning, according to Chicago Fire.

At least three of those people are listed in serious to critical condition, Chicago Fire said on Twitter. The source of the blast is unknown at this time and is being investigated, and the ATF and Chicago Police Department Bomb Unit are on hand to assist.

Assistant Fire Marshal Marc Ferman could not provide further details on the condition of the victims at a brief press conference, but told reporters he had heard the injuries ranged from ” burns to traumatic injuries”.

Fire companies were dispatched around 9 a.m. local time, Ferman said, and the first unit to arrive, a battalion commander, called for a response to the collapse after seeing “some kind of explosion and a partial collapse of the upper floor of a residential building.” The battalion commander also called for a hazmat response, Ferman said.

Authorities had to perform a “sort of technical search” of the building due to its condition, Ferman said. The upper floor was “compromised”, so technical experts were called in to support the structure with struts so that rescue personnel could safely search for victims and remove debris.

The building has four stories and 35 units, Chicago Fire said on Twitter On Tuesday afternoon, investigators are looking for the top floor as a possible source.

Officials were “confident” they had gotten everyone out of the building, Ferman said, but the search was ongoing. Residents have been moved, he added, but it is unclear how many.

About 135 firefighting, special operations and emergency medical services personnel responded to the scene, he said. Gas, water and electric utility officials were also at the scene, Ferman said.


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