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An old water tower came crashing down from the roof of a building in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, injuring three people.


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Two people who were injured when a water tower fell off a building in the Lakeview neighborhood have filed a lawsuit against the building’s condo association.

29-year old Jack Baginski was helping his girlfriend, 27-year old Lauren Hussar, move out of the building last Wednesday when the wooden tank fell into the alley.

Hussar remains hospitalized.

In 2010, the building was cited for code violations related to the tank’s steel bands.

But a department of buildings spokesman says the water tank and its support structure were in safe condition.

The lawsuit did not specify an amount for damages.

A couple inured by a water tower that fell off of a Lakeview apartment building on Wednesday has filed a lawsuit against the building’s condominium association.

Jack Baginski, 29, was helping his girlfriend Lauren Hussar, 27, move from the apartment, located at 2800 N. Pine Grove Avenue, when the water tower came crashing down. Baginski and Hussar were rushed to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; Baginski has been released, but Hussar is still in the hospital.

“We are immediately seeking all maintenance and inspection records for this building and its water tank,” said Richard F. Burke, Jr., a partner at Clifford Law Offices, the law office handling the lawsuit.  “People living in densely populated neighborhoods need to know these aging water tanks are safe.”

An unspecified amount of damages are being sought in the lawsuit, which has been filed through Cook County Circuit Court.

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.

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.

An old water tower came crashing down from the roof of a building in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, injuring three people Wednesday morning.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the wood tank fell from a a nine-story building located at Diversey Pkwy and Pine Grove Avenue.

The tower apparently fell onto a car in an alley below and three people were taken to area hospitals.

Two people were transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, one in critical condition, and another person was transported to St. Joseph Hospital.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

All photos courtesy of the Chicago Fire Department.

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The view overhead as crews respond to the site where a water tower fell from the roof of a building in the Lakeview neighborhood. (WGN-TV)

A black water tower tank fell from the roof of a building in the Lakeview neighborhood Wednesday, injuring three. (WGN-TV)