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BREAKING: Chicago Apartment Building Explosion Injures At Least 6, Search For More Victims Continues

Chicago, IL – An explosion at a Chicago building left multiple victims in critical condition on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at West End Avenue and Washington Boulevard shortly before 9 a.m. on Sept. 20, WFLD reported.

At least ten ambulances responded to the three-story, 36-unit apartment building, according to WGN.

City officials said at least six people were rushed to area hospitals in the wake of the explosion, WFLD reported.

Three males and one female were transported to West Suburban Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) said.

Two males were rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital and Loyola Hospital in critical condition, according to WFLD.

First responders were still searching for additional victims who had been inside the building at the time of the explosion.

The CFD said the cause of the blast is still unknown.

“This is a confirmed explosion but source of explosion not known,” the agency tweeted.

The building next to the location where the blast occurred was also evacuated, according to WGN.

The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Bomb Unit and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are assisting with the ongoing investigation, WFLD reported.

The CFD shared videos and photos from the scene that showed a portion of the top floor of a residential building that was destroyed in the explosion.

Bricks and other debris landed on top of nearby vehicles and could be seen piled up on the roadway below the building.

“Our first concern is the health, well-being and safety of our residents,” the building owner, Roman Viere, told WGN in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to cooperate with emergency services, and we are ready to do whatever we can to support our residents.”

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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