A building collapsed Tuesday morning after an explosion in Chicago, sending multiple people to hospitals and prompting a search for people who may still be inside the structure.
The collapse occurred just before 9:30 a.m. on West Washington Boulevard and North Central Avenue, the Chicago Fire Department said in a tweet.
“There was an explosion at Central & West End,” the department said in another tweet. “Adjacent building is being evacuated. There are a number of transports.”
At least eight people have been taken to hospitals, according to officials. Three are described as having serious to critical injuries.
Aerial footage of the building showed debris from the collapse strewn over the sidewalk, street and on top of a parked car. The fourth floor of the building appeared to have partially caved in.
The cause of the explosion is unknown, the fire department said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Chicago Police Department’s bomb unit are on the scene.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Source: CNBC News