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Man Dies After Kenwood Building Partially Collapses

The victim was doing rehab work on the building and was trapped under debris for nearly two hours after the incident, fire department officials said.

A man was injured in a partial building collapse in Kenwood Thursday.
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KENWOOD — A man died Thursday morning after a Kenwood building partially collapsed, trapping him underneath debris, officials said.

The man was performing rehab work on a three-story building at 749 E. Oakwood Blvd. when bricks and other materials along one side of the building partially collapsed, pinning him, fire department officials said. First responders arrived on the scene around 11 a.m. and rescuers located the man an hour and 40 minutes later, spokesperson Larry Merritt said.

It was not immediately clear was caused the incident.

The man was unresponsive when rescuers freed him, Merritt said. He was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center in grave condition and was later pronounced dead, a Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesperson confirmed.

City records do not show any current or past code violations with the building. A permit to conduct interior demolition was issued in September.

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