The explosion at the 36-unit, four-story apartment building in the South Austin neighborhood occurred at about 9 a.m., officials said. Chicago Fire Department Deputy Chief Marc Ferman told reporters a couple of hours later that the department had finished looking for potential victims and was confident that nobody remained trapped in the building, which much of the very best floor had collapsed.
He said technical crews had shored up top of the floors to permit firefighters to find to ensure we didnt leave any victims underneath the debris.
An underlying cause of the blast hadn’t yet been determined.
Seven of the injured were in the building on the citys West Side once the explosion occurred and something apparently was in a building next door, Ferman said. Three of individuals who have been hurt had serious to critical injuries, the department said.
Photographs and video posted on the Chicago Fire Departments Twitter page showed that a lot of the very best floor was destroyed. Scores of bricks along with other debris had fallen onto the road, crushing a minumum of one car and seriously damaging two others.
Several residents said these were home once the explosion rocked the building.
I was asleep, and suddenly there is a loud booming, Lawrence Lewis, who was simply asleep at that time, told WGN television. I woke around my windows gone, my entry way blown open. I simply saw smoke, and I ran out of our home. I was asleep. Im shook up at this time.
Otis Maning, who lives next door, told the Chicago Sun-Times he was on his couch watching tv when suddenly I hear, Boom!
My heart almost shot out of my own body. I saw windows busted open, I saw debris, he added.
Yumika Bady, 25, was also at her home next door and saw that the blast blew out the trunk window of her car that has been parked nearby.
It just made my apartment shake, Bady told The Associated Press.
Chicago police bomb squad and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also taken care of immediately the explosion.
By Don Babwin