Cause of water tower fall under investigation

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Three people were injured this morning on Chicago’s North Side when a water tank fell nine stories to the ground below.

It is unclear what made the tower fall at 2800 N. Pine Grove outside an historic Lincoln Park apartment building more than 100 years old.

The Brewster, as it’s known, is a Chicago landmark. It is where Charlie Chaplin lived and where Child’s Play, one of the infamous Chucky films was shot.

The couple who lives inside the residential building are both at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

A third person nearby was injured too.  She has already been treated by doctors and is reportedly doing okay.

What made the tower fall is  unclear. Back in 2010 the Brewster was cited for multiple violations-including some tied to the water tower. In 2011 some fixes were made, according to a building department spokesman.

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  • Joe

    Not to long ago it was porches now we see the start of the collapse of water towers, the common thing here appears to be the integrity of the City Inspectors who are responsible for the inspections, could it be that corruption also resides in this department ? maybe even Nepotism or political influence ?