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Apartment building collapsed due to explosion in Chicago, there are victims

An apartment building collapsed in the area of Washington Park in Chicago. Rescuers are working at the scene, at least two people are under the rubble. It is reported that the collapse was preceded by an explosion. No information about the victims is reported.

Apartment building collapsed due to explosion in Chicago, there are victims

The incident occurred on Sunday at about 7 pm local time. According to Chicago Tribune with reference to the fire department of the city, the rescuers managed to release one victim at 7:20 pm and the second one – at 7:40 pm.

The building was completely destroyed, the newspaper writes. On Twitter page of the Department, there are published photos of firefighters clearing the rubble. The police arrived to the place of the collapse too. The exact cause of the incident is being determinated.

According to Chicago Sun-Times, one victim has serious injuries. The state of the second person, who was under the rubble, is not specified.

Jon Seidel, a journalist from Chicago Sun-Times wrote in his Twitter that two women were under the rubble, they were hospitalized. In addition, he said, there was a dog in the house, it survived too. According to him, about 100 firefighters are working at the blast site. Chicago Tribune points out that the victims are a young girl and a woman who is about 70.

It is to be recalled that in late October in Katowice, Poland an explosion of household gas took place in a building on the Chopin street. Three floors of the house were completely destroyed, seven people were injured.