Person seriously injured in explosion in West Side building dies

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A person seriously injured this week after an explosion at an Austin apartment building has died, the Chicago Fire Department confirmed to the Tribune on Friday.

Of the eight people sent to hospitals in the area, his injuries were the most serious, the department said. He was transferred to Loyola Medical Center after the blast.

“He had burns on more than 90% of his body,” spokesman Larry Langford told the UKTN.

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Langford said the department learned of his death on Thursday.

The explosion occurred around 9 a.m. on Tuesday at 5601 W. West End Avenue, leading to the partial collapse of the four-story building. The explosion is believed to have come from an upstairs apartment, with most of the building’s windows smashed.

City building inspectors stabilized the building on Wednesday and the cause of the explosion remains unclear. At the time of the blast, 31 units were occupied, according to the building’s owner Roman Viere, who said he is now seeking new homes for the affected residents.

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