At least eight people are taken to hospital after building exploded in Chicago

Mystery explosion decimates Chicago building at 9:30am – leaving eight people in critical condition

  • An explosion ripped through the top floor of a several story building on the west side of Chicago at around 9.30am Tuesday morning
  • At least eight people were transported to local hospitals, several of whom are in critical condition
  • There is not yet a clear cause of the explosion 

At least eight people have been transported to area hospitals on the west side of Chicago following a building explosion Tuesday morning.

Several of the individuals are reportedly in critical condition and the Chicago Fire Department has requested 10 additional ambulances and is sending a mass casualty vehicle to the scene of the collapse.

A bomb squad and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also on the scene.

The four story red-brick building is located in South Austin, Chicago on West End Avenue. The explosion occurred shortly before 9.30am Central Time.

Buildings next door to the explosion site have also been evacuated.

Chicago emergency services responded Tuesday morning  to an explosion in the South Austin neighborhood of the city after an explosion sent bricks flying from the top of a four-story apartment building

Chicago emergency services responded Tuesday morning  to an explosion in the South Austin neighborhood of the city after an explosion sent bricks flying from the top of a four-story apartment building

The Chicago Fire Department, as well as ATF agents and a bomb squad reported to the scene of the explosion

The Chicago Fire Department, as well as ATF agents and a bomb squad reported to the scene of the explosion

Red bricks and rubble littered the area as neighboring buildings were also evacuated

Red bricks and rubble littered the area as neighboring buildings were also evacuated

Aerial views of the west side of Chicago building explosion that sent at least six to the hospital

At least eight people were transported to nearby hospitals with at least three in critical condition

At least eight people were transported to nearby hospitals with at least three in critical condition

The owner of the damaged  building, Roman Viere, said, ‘Our first concern is the health, well-being and safety of our residents. We are doing everything we can to cooperate with emergency services, and we are ready to do whatever we can to support our residents.’

It is not yet clear what caused the explosion. 

Peoples Gas – a natural gas utility serving the city of Chicago – says there is no reason, of now, to believe the incident was caused by a natural gas explosion. Representatives of Peoples Gas and ComEd were both responding to the explosion.

There is reportedly no gas odor and no equipment issues at the scene of the explosion.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted, ‘My thoughts are with those who were injured and displaced in the building collapse in the Austin neighborhood. We must also thank the brave men and women of the Chicago Fire Department who are working to abate the dangerous conditions.’

Firetruck on the scene of the building explosion on the west side of Chicago on Tuesday morning

Firetruck on the scene of the building explosion on the west side of Chicago on Tuesday morning

One woman said she heard the explosion and thought it was a bomb going off

One woman said she heard the explosion and thought it was a bomb going off

Emergency workers at the scene of the explosion

Emergency workers at the scene of the explosion

Rubble from the explosion littered the surrounding area

Rubble from the explosion littered the surrounding area

The Fire Department called for at least 10 ambulances to arrive at the scene

The Fire Department called for at least 10 ambulances to arrive at the scene

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