2 South Side buildings partially collapse, bringing snow-related cave-ins to 7

Madeline Buckley, Chicago Tribune
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Two South Side buildings partially collapsed on Tuesday morning, officials said, marking the sixth and seventh buildings in the Chicago area to cave in in recent days due to the heavy snowfall.

Both buildings were vacant, and no one was injured, according to Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department.

The first collapse happened around 7:40 a.m. to a building in the 8800 block of South South Chicago Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood. Around 9:30 a.m., a building in the 700 block of West 91st Street in the Brainerd neighborhood caved in, according to Merritt.

In the later instance, a 44-year-old man reported that the roof collapsed while he was shoveling show, according to Chicago police. The debris damaged two cars, police said.

“We hope for the best, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were more because of the heavy snow we received,” Merritt said.

Over the holiday weekend, at least five other buildings collapsed in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Two of the collapses were in Elgin, and one happened in Morton Grove, where the roof of a building at a horse stable collapsed overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the Aragon Ballroom experienced a partial wall collapse due to snow.

mabuckley@chicagotribune.com