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New information on the building in East Garfield Park where a porch collapsed, killing one and injuring others


CHICAGO (SCS) — : One day after one deadly porch collapse at East Garfield Park there is more information on building infractions.

A 52-year-old man died in the collapse and two others were injured. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reports that the crews sat there all day trying to figure out what happened.


New information about the building where a porch collapsed, killing one and injuring others

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There is heavy machinery in the area. The Chicago Buildings Department said contractors were trying to make sure everything was now safe on that property.

But some neighbors demand more than that from the city.

Danny White’s Ring doorbell video shows his family walking outside to see what happened. They saw fire trucks pull up next to it. Where is it part of a house collapsed, killing their neighborAnthony Wright.

“Anthony, he was a pillar of the community,” White said.

Now White said he was calling his alderman.

“To have him send the city inspectors out to inspect the whole block. To prevent this from happening again,” White said.

The building that collapsed previously failed an inspection in 2015 because the owner failed to “maintain the exterior walls of a building…free from holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards or any other other condition that might admit rain or moisture…”

City filings posted online don’t say whether those issues have ever been resolved. The most recent permit issued here dates from the end of 2020 for roofing work.

A Google Street View image from seven months ago appears to show the collapsed part, just below the roof, beginning to separate from the rest of the building.

“Maintain your property and have the city come and inspect it as much as possible. That’s the only advice I can give at this time,” White said.

At least eight people lived in the building, including the owner. She lived on the second floor and is related to Wright and the others were injured. She declined to be interviewed. Anthony Wright and White’s sister congratulated her today.

“I just try to help everyone. I have nothing bad to say about her, she’s a really good person,” Yolonda Wright said.

On Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the family was unable to maintain the property and a truss at the top of the building broke off and part of the facade crumbled. collapsed.

The Buildings Department did not say what caused the collapse or whether those 2015 violations have been corrected. The owner of the building filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago.


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