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South Side House Collapse: Wind May Have Blown Two-Story Home Into Heap Of Rubble

Jan 20, 2013

Gusty winds tearing through Chicago Saturday night may blown down a South Side home, reducing it to a pile of rubble.

Deputy Fire Cmsr. John McNicholas told the Chicago Tribune neighbors believed the Woodlawn home to be vacant, but fire crews investigated the scene with body-sensing technology to ensure no one was trapped in the rubble of the house which collapsed around 11 p.m.

No one was found in the vacant two-and-a-half story home which officials said showed signs of renovation in the 6300 block of S Evans Ave., according to WGN.

"Anytime we get heavy winds like this, particularly sustained winds in the upper 20 and 30s with gusts in the 40 to 50s, anything that is not secured become objects, flying objects, has the ability to topple over," McNicholas said according to ABC Chicago, "There is always a concern when the weather and the winds pick up."

The house collapsed to the north, on to a vacant lot. No injuries were reported and officials are investigating what triggered the collapse.

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