Chicago building explosion buries street in rubble, injures at least six

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Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion in Chicago on Tuesday, finding one car crushed under rubble with bricks covering the street.

The Chicago Fire Department has yet to announce a cause for the blast. First responders have reportedly requested 10 ambulances to the scene, and six people have already been transported to the hospital, with “several” in critical condition.

Multiple fire engines have responded to the scene, but images do not appear to show an active blaze.

Firefighters are working to evacuate the building adjacent to the one where the explosion occurred, which is on the west side of the city.

“There are six transports from Central & West End,” the CFD wrote in a statement regarding those injured. “1 red & 1 yellow to Loyola(2 males); 2 yellow to Sinai(1F & 1M); 1 F yellow to West Sub; 1 red M to Sinai.”

Red and yellow refer to the severity of injuries, with red being critical.

Firefighters say the first building has partially collapsed.

Firefighters are investigating what caused the dramatic explosion.
Firefighters are investigating what caused the dramatic explosion.
Chicago Fire Media / Twitter
A large explosion destroyed a building in Chicago.
A large explosion destroyed a building in Chicago.
Chicago Fire Media / Twitter

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