Police and fire crews were called to a River North building after a water tower appeared to start leaning after water gushed out from the bottom.
"There was a huge burst of water gushing down the side of the building," said Scott Burham, who works for a public relations firm on the 6th floor of the building at 409 W. Huron St. "Water was cascading on the side of the building."
He said the tank appeared to burst around 2 p.m. and torrents of water poured through the ceiling and down the windows of the building.
Officials told him the tank may have buckled from the water pressure.
The building where the water tower was located and a building behind that one were both evacuated shortly after the incident, Chicago fire department spokesman Larry Langford said. Both buildings were commercial buildings and were not residential.
He said that a demolition crew was called to the building to inspect the water tower.
There was no reports of injuries.
Chicago police were on the scene diverting traffic.
According to city officials the 409 W. Huron failed its annual inspection on Dec. 31, and was cited for several building code violations, including failing to maintain the structure, including the water tower, in a safe and stable condition, according to Mimi Simon, spokeswoman for th Chicago Department of Buildings.
As part of the violations, the owner was required to submit a structural engineer’s report detailing the conditions of the building and the necessary repairs.
City officials were pursuing legal remedies and the court date for this building will be expedited, Simon said.
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