Woman “Talked Down” Off Ledge of Loop Hi-Rise

Fire personnel worked with suicidal woman for 12 hours

The Chicago Fire Department saved another life yesterday, but the fire they put out was figurative in nature.

A woman spent nearly 12 hours on the 25th floor ledge of a Loop condominium building before fire personnel “talked her down” overnight.

The woman stepped out onto the ledge at the "340 On The Park" building on East Randolph Street at about 2:30 p.m., and threatened to jump, fire officials said.

It was 1:23 a.m. by the time she stepped to safety after crisis counselors worked with her throughout the afternoon and evening. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Police closed streets to pedestrians and vehicles around the building during the incident, police said.

"340 On The Park" is a 62-story tower housing multi-million dollar condominiums overlooking Grant Park, Navy Pier and/or the Chicago lakefront. Its web site claims that the residences "combine the richness of traditional design with the serenity of modernism."

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