Man slips, falls five stories from Near North rooftop where he went to smoke, police say

Chicago Tribune 1 week ago

A 28-year-old Chicago man was hospitalized with critical injuries after falling over the weekend some five stories from the roof of a building in the Near North neighborhood all the way to the building’s basement, officials said.

Chicago police officers and firefighters were called to the 700 block of North Dearborn Street about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Sally Bown, a spokeswoman for Chicago police. The 28-year-old and a 25-year-old man “were drinking and went to the rooftop of the building to smoke,” Bown wrote in an email.

“The 28-year-old victim climbed out on the ledge attempting to look at the rooftop patio in the next building when the victim slipped and fell (five) floors to the ground,” she wrote.

The Fire Department’s special operations team was called out to physically extricate the man from a basement where he was trapped between two walls, said Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the Fire Department.

Merritt said he didn’t know if that meant he was wedged between two exterior walls of the separate buildings or if he was stuck between walls in one building.

“He was lodged in the basement. I know we had to cut through at least one wall to get to him, and he was transported in critical condition to Northwestern,” Merritt said.

The 25-year-old man was not injured, officials said.


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