City files motion to destroy building where firefighter was killed

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CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago files a motion to destroy a building where a firefighter fell to his death yesterday. They also want to impose hefty fines on the company that owns the property.  The Cook County state's attorney's office is also considering criminal charges against the owner.

The inspection report, filed today, cites more than two dozen violations in the warehouse in the 9200 block of S. Baltimore where Chicago firefighter Daniel Capuano died in a fall yesterday.

Work was being done on this building without the proper permits and without the proper safety precautions being taken inside, including an open elevator shaft from the second floor, down.

The building was under renovation and construction equipment found inside.  Flammable kerosene was left in the open and exposed circuit panels with wiring.  There were openings on the second floor and no barriers were in place, including the demolished elevator shaft, where Capuano fell two stories to his death.

The report notes it’s work that far exceeded any permits or plans that the city was aware of, giving no warning to the firefighters who answered the call early Monday morning.

A civil suit, filed by the city Tuesday asks for an emergency motion to demolish the building, cites the dangers within, including exposed wiring and gaping holes in the floor.

The court documents show the owner to be Anil-Roshi, LLC as the owner.  One of the partners, Jatin Patel, has a documented address on Western Ave, where WGN News found a vacant discount pharmacy and nothing else.

The city plans to be in civil court on Thursday with that emergency motion.

So far, there is no word on criminal charges against the building’s owners from Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez.


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