Dog and Two Women Rescued from Building after Explosion

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Crews from the Chicago Fire Department have rescued two women and a dog from a building that exploded on Chicago’s South Side.  The apartment building they were all in had collapsed and the three were stuck in the resulting rubble.

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In what neighbors are calling a loud explosion that took place around 7pm Sunday in the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue, the building simply crumbled.  The three-year-old frame apartment was quickly turned to a smoldering pile trapping two women and a dog in the debris.

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“The whole building is pancaked,” said Larry Langford.  Langford is the Chicago Fire Department Spokesperson.

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The search for other survivors continued well into Sunday night.  Everyone known to be inside was rescued, but firefighters wanted to be sure.

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The first victim, considered to be in critical condition when taken to the hospital was a 51-year-old woman.  The second was also in bad shape.  Also a woman and 78 years old.  Both victims we able to communicate with emergency workers at the time of their rescue.

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A dog was also pulled from the rubble.  Although also injured at the time of rescue, it is believed that the dog will make a full recovery.

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The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.  Neighbors are positive that it was an explosion that they heard.  Further updates to follow.

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