Chicago Fire Department

1 Person Dead, 2 Injured After Partial Building Collapse on Chicago's West Side

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Chicago fire officials say that one person has died and at least two others were injured after a partial building collapse on the city's West Side Tuesday.

Dozens of firefighters were seen frantically digging through the rubble of a partial building collapse on Chicago’s West Side Tuesday afternoon.

According to authorities, one victim became trapped under the rubble, with firefighters having to use specialized tools to extricate the man from the building. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Chicago fire officials.

Another victim, a 68-year-old man, suffered crush injuries in the collapse and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

A third victim, a 32-year-old man, suffered a broken leg, but his condition has since stabilized at an area hospital.

NBC’s Sky 5 helicopter arrived on the scene just after 4 p.m. Firefighters were seen in the 3400 block of West Jackson, located in the Fifth City neighborhood, after a three-story residence appeared to partially collapse.

Dozens of firefighters were seen gathered around the entrance to a basement that was partially covered by debris from the collapse. At least three victims were reported by authorities.

Dozens of firefighters were seen frantically digging through the rubble of a partial building collapse on Chicago’s West Side Tuesday afternoon, with emergency workers saying that three people were injured in the collapse.

Authorities initially called for an EMS Plan 1 at the scene, summoning five ambulances. That plan has since been completed, with no additional victims expected to be inside the building.

Authorities have shut down West Jackson in both directions near the site of the collapse, and rescue crews remain on the scene.

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