Chicago Firefighters Rescue Woman Trapped in Waist-Deep Water in Elevator After Pipes Burst at Condo Building, Clinton St and Jefferson St, Chicago


Chicago firefighters responded about 2:25 p.m. Saturday February 2, 2019 to a report of a water leak at 500 South Clinton Street. Truck 3’s crew was on the scene requesting a Battalion Chief by about 2:33 p.m. Firefighters were responding to several water leaks in this hour at different addresses, but the water leak at the Clinton Complex condos building involved a rescue and major water flow management. The trouble was located on the Jefferson Street side of the building.

Battalion 1 reported by 2:39 p.m. that crews were involved with a major water leak and requested Squad 1’s crew, Special Operations Chief 5-1-5, another Truck Company, and the City of Chicago Water Department. Truck 2’s crew was assigned to join Truck 3. Firefighters discovered that a woman was waist deep in water in an elevator. Before 3:05 p.m., the woman was rescued from the waist-deep water and out of the elevator located on the west side of the building. Firefighters pulled the woman from the water through the elevator hatch. She did not initially report any injuries.

Two pipes had burst in the building. Two riser elbows blew out on floor 6 and floor 7 in the west stairwell. The leaks were isolated, and Truck 3 and Truck 2 crews were assigned to push water off the floor.

According to a Chicago Fire Department source, water flowed into every floor beneath the leaks via the stairwells.



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