Historic water tank falls 8-stories in Lakeview; 3 injured

A giant water tank broke loose and fell from the roof of an 8-story building in Lakeview, injuring several people.

The 12-foot-high wooden tank had been perched atop the landmark Brewster building at Pine Grove and Diversey since the late 1800’s.

Wednesday it came down with a loud roar and a tidal wave that spread debris for hundreds of feet.

Three people were hurt, but all are expected to recover.

The Brewster was once Charlie Chaplin’s home; and  “Child’s Play,” the first of the “Chuckie” horror movies, was filmed there.

Now the building will be thoroughly examined by city inspectors to determine whether inadequate maintenance allowed the water tank’s mounts to break.

1 Comment

  • thelogicalpositivist

    The Brewster was also briefly the home of Dion O'Banion, leader of the northside Irish gang during the Beer Wars and arch enemy of Johnny Torio and Al Capone.

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