Sixty occupants of a 4-plus-1 apartment building in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood were evacuated after part of the building's roof collapsed Friday evening, officials said.
The Chicago Fire Department ordered the evacuation of 60 residents, 22 of whom will be assisted by the Salvation Army in finding another place to stay, according to the fire department. As of 10:45 p.m. the building was secured and the scene has been turned over to the Chicago Police.
Fire officials ordered 46 apartments in the five-story brick apartment building evacuated after the rear part of the roof collapsed on the building in the 5900 block of North Kenmore Avenue, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez.
Fire crews were called to the scene about 6:50 p.m. to investigate, and members of the fire company and the District Chief who arrived on scene quickly determined part of the roof had collapsed on the building, which is about 75 feet wide by 75 feet long, Hernandez said.
A cause was still being investigated, but fire officials said it appeared a crew working on the building moved too much equipment to one spot on the roof. Preliminary Buildings Department investigation indicates that the contractor, whose crew was doing some sort of roof repair, may have put a load of materials all in one place, overloading the roof, said department spokesman Bill McCaffrey.
Crews from Peoples Gas and ComEd were on-scene, and officials are awaiting an inspection by city Buildings Departmetn inspectors, Hernandez said.
There were no reports of injuries, according to Hernandez and Police News Affairs.
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