LOGAN SQUARE — A woman walking down a Logan Square street was hit in the head Wednesday by bricks that plunged from the building’s facade, police and witnesses said.
The woman suffered a cut to the head, but declined a trip to the hospital after paramedics arrived, officials said.
Part of the building’s brick facade crumbled at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, said Jose Jara, a Chicago Police spokesman. The building, at 2200 N. California Ave., once housed the bar and restaurant Township.
In the aftermath, dozens of red bricks piled on the sidewalk on Palmer Street, just around the corner from California.
The former Township building has at least six apartments spread out across the top floors, according to city records.
Witness Alex Kemmler, 33, was on his way to work when we saw falling bricks hit a woman walking down the sidewalk. He said he watched the woman step back and grab her head. Neighbors then called police.
According to Kemmler, the woman was standing directly next to where most of the bricks fell.
“It was the craziest thing,” he said.
Police and fire officials said the 30-year-old woman suffered from a cut to the head and refused further medical attention.
But Kemmler said the situation could’ve played out much differently had the woman been standing closer to the falling bricks.
“If the woman had been 5 feet further east she would have been in rough shape,” he said.
Gregg Cunningham, spokesman for the Department of Buildings, said the city is bringing the building owner to court for failure to maintain the building, which has resulted in dangerous conditions.
It’s not the first time the building owner has been in court for this reason, according to the city.
The building was last inspected by the department in October of 2018. That inspection is listed as “closed” on the city’s data portal.
The building passed inspections in July of 2018 and last failed inspections in October of 2017. At that time, the landlord was cited for failure to maintain the southern parapet wall, which suffered from loose brick, open mortar joints and missing limestone cap, according to city records. It also failed inspections back in 2016, but none of the specific violations are listed.
The cause of the fallen bricks Wednesday was not immediately known.
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