Man dies after explosion at Austin apartment building

Emergency responders survey the area full of debris from the fourth floor of an apartment building due to a possible explosion on the same floor at the corner of Wend Wen Ave and N Central Ave in Austin, Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Anthony Vazquez/ Sun-Times

Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

One person has died after an explosion earlier this week at an apartment building in the Austin neighborhood.

Chicago fire officials confirmed the “most seriously injured person” had succumbed to their injuries.

The 29-year-old man was taken to Loyola University Medical Center with extensive burns and pronounced dead Thursday afternoon, according to fire officials and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was one of eight people injured in the blast about 9 a.m. Tuesday near West End and Central avenues on the West Side.

The explosion caused the top floor of the four-story building to collapse, filling the street with dust, bricks and debris.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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