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Unfinished Logan Square House Collapses, Falls On Another House On Windy Sunday Morning

The owner didn't have the correct building permit and will face disciplinary action when the courts resume normal operations, according to a city spokeswoman.

The unfinished house at 3649 W. Cortland St. collapsed and fell on another house Sunday morning.
Courtesy of Karl Ostroski
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LOGAN SQUARE — An unfinished house collapsed and fell on another house on Sunday morning in Logan Square, causing no injuries, but drawing a large fire department response.

Firefighters were called to the scene of a collapsed house at 3649 W. Cortland St. around 10 a.m., according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt. No one was injured in the collapse, Merritt said.

Karl Ostroski, a neighbor who lives two houses away, said he was playing with his boys when he heard a loud noise and rushed over to make sure no one was hurt.

“Thankfully the structure was empty,” Ostroski told Block Club.

Ostroski said firefighters cleared debris so a resident of the existing house could get out.

In their investigation, city building inspectors found that the owner of the unfinished house had a building permit, but not the correct one for the type of work that was being done, according to Mimi Simon, spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Buildings.

Simon said the approved building permit has since been “voided” and the owner will face disciplinary action when the courts resume normal operations. Many government offices have been shut down to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, Chicago saw winds as strong as 45 to 50 mph. Officials could not say what factor, if any, the wind played in the house collapse.

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