Chicago, Ill. – A building collapsed Tuesday morning on Chicago’s West Side after an explosion occurred nearby, and fire officials requested the assistance of a mass casualty ambulance-bus after several injuries were confirmed and a search continued for persons who may still be inside the building.
The collapse occurred shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at West Washington Boulevard and North Central Avenue, according to tweets from fire authorities. According to authorities, injuries have been confirmed, and ten ambulances have been ordered.
“Requesting manpower for building searches,” tweeted the Chicago Fire Department.
The agency reported that there was an explosion at the intersection of North Central Avenue and West End Street. As about 9:50 a.m., the adjacent building was being evacuated, according to authorities.
Officials from the fire department tweeted, “This is a confirmed explosion,” however the origin of the explosion was not immediately identified.
At least three of the at least eight persons brought to local hospitals are in critical condition, according to fire officials.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately established, according to fire officials. Peoples Gas and ComEd both said they were responding to the scene, but it was unclear whether or not gas was involved.
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot tweeted that her sympathies were with the injured and the responding firemen.
“Those injured and displaced by the building collapse in the Austin area are in my thoughts. We must also congratulate the courageous Chicago Fire Department personnel who are striving to alleviate the dangerous situation “She wrote the text.
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