One Killed, One Injured in Canopy Collapsed by Heavy Snow at Club Hawthorne on Corliss Ave, Chicago

Fatal canopy collapse at Hawthorne Club on Corliss Avenue Chicago (SOURCE: Chicago Fire Department)
Fatal canopy collapse at Hawthorne Club on Corliss Avenue Chicago (SOURCE: Chicago Fire Department).

Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Chicago responded about 4:39 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021 to a report of a roof collapse of a canopy at an Off Track Betting (OTB) site Club Hawthorne, 11203 Corliss Avenue. Engine 62’s crew was first on the scene.

The man who died was initially transported and listed in “very critical” condition at Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Christ Medical Center. Chicago Fire Department said that the person that died was trapped under a canopy that collapsed, and had been transported to the hospital in “very critical” condition. The second victim was transported to an undisclosed hospital and listed in “stable condition.” The second person was able to escape being trapped. One patient was reported walking to an ambulance when paramedics arrived.




Four ambulances were dispatched to the scene. Initially firefighters thought they had at least two victims under the canopy. Firefighters used a power saw to cut through the canopy, and possibly a Ram device to stabilize the canopy. Firefighters also used a thermal imaging camera to expeditiously confirm the number of victims under the canopy. The first victim was extricated by 4:54 p.m. and firefighters ruled out any additional victims were trapped under the canopy.

No EMS Plan 1 was activated for this incident. A Still and Box Alarm was automatically activated for the reported structural collapse.




Chicago Fire Department stated the collapse incident involves the first injury and first death from the current series of snow-related structural collapses in Chicago. The collapse involved a canopy overhang on the rear of the OTB building. The main building was not structurally damaged, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Fire officials confirmed that snow was the reason the canopy collapsed. The upright structures holding up the canopy were metal posts. Chicago firefighters pulled down the remaining canopy structure to remove any additional hazards at the scene.




Fatal canopy collapse at Hawthorne Club on Corliss Avenue Chicago (SOURCE: Chicago Fire Department)
Fatal canopy collapse at Hawthorne Club on Corliss Avenue Chicago (SOURCE: Chicago Fire Department).

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Fatal canopy collapse at Hawthorne Club on Corliss Avenue Chicago (SOURCE: Chicago Fire Department)
Fatal canopy collapse at Hawthorne Club on Corliss Avenue Chicago (SOURCE: Chicago Fire Department).