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Wicker Park, Chicago building facade seriously injures woman at Ashland and Milwaukee Avenue, CPD says

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago officials are investigating after a woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a piece of a building that fell Wednesday night in Wicker Park.

Chicago police said around 6 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue at the intersection of North Ashland Avenue a 22-year-old woman was struck by falling debris from a nearby commercial building .

Police said she suffered a laceration to her head and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

Video from the scene shows pieces of the building’s facade and a sign had fallen onto the sidewalk.

Police said a vehicle traveling through Milwaukee was also struck by falling debris. The driver was not injured, according to CPD.

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Neighbors said they noticed part of the building was eroding a few days before this incident. Building inspectors and investigators are now responsible for examining the structure of the commercial building.

“It was pretty scary to hear that someone had just been injured,” said neighbor Mike Serafin. “You know, they put the scaffolding up there, and you thought that would have been enough to protect passers-by.”

Serafin passes the intersection regularly and has noticed something unusual in the building for the past few days.

“Like four or five days ago, the facade of the building started to erode on the north side,” he said. “I noticed the panel, which was just bolted only into the facade itself, so as it was eroding, it’s only a matter of time before it falls.”

So far, investigators don’t know what caused the falling debris or whether the building had reported any issues before Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear whether any issues had been reported with the building before Wednesday evening.

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