Man dies after being injured in Chicago apartment explosion

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who was one of eight people injured in an explosion that tore through the top floor of a Chicago apartment building has died, and authorities have determined the blast resulted from an “ignition of natural gas.”

Chicago fire officials said Friday that the “most seriously injured person” had succumbed to injuries. The fire department did not release the name of that person, who had been taken to Loyola Medical Center after Tuesday’s explosion.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the dead man as Shabron Robinson, 29, of Chicago. Department spokeswoman Brittany Hill said Friday afternoon that an autopsy had not yet been performed on Robinson.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told the Chicago Tribune that the blast victim “had burns over 90% of his body” and the department had learned Thursday that he had died.

The fire department said Friday its investigators have “determined the source of the explosion to be the ignition of natural gas.” But the cause of that ignition remains under investigation.

The local natural gas utility, Peoples Gas, said in a statement that its service at the apartment “was working properly.” The company added that the natural gas piping and appliances inside the building “are the responsibility of building management and/or residents.”

“There remains no reason to believe any of our equipment – or any other part of our system — was responsible for the incident,” the utility said.

The explosion about 9 a.m. Tuesday tore through the top floor of the 36-unit, four-story apartment building in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood, leading to the structure’s partial collapse.

The explosion is believed to have originated in an apartment on an upper floor, destroying most of the building’s windows. City building inspectors stabilized the building Wednesday.

The building’s owner, Roman Viere, told the Chicago Tribune that at the time of the blast, 31 of the building’s 36 units were occupied.

Chicago police bomb squad and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the explosion.

You May Also Like

Supreme Court justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority sounded sympathetic Monday to…

Suspect in Club Q shooting charged with 305 counts, including 1st-degree murder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The suspect accused of killing five people and…

Coast Guard faults pilot in Chesapeake Bay ship grounding

WASHINGTON – A Coast Guard investigation into the grounding in March of…

Angry Homeowner Pulls Gun in Dispute With Workers – Scioto County Daily News

Angry Homeowner Pulls Gun in Dispute With Workers An unhappy homeowner held…

2022 Georgia Capitol Christmas Tree lighting to be held Wednesday

ATLANTA, Ga. (WJBF) — The 2022 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting will be…

Georgia College Student Shot Dead at Gas Station Near Campus IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

A Georgia State University student was fatally shot Sunday afternoon in what…

Outgoing elections chief in Nevada county details threats

RENO, Nev. – Heading into this year’s midterms, the elections director in…

North Augusta woman wanted in Florida hit-and-run arrested

BROWARD COUNTY, Fl. (WJBF) – The North Augusta woman who was wanted…

Police zero in on fraternity house where two Idaho victims were last seen

() — The flag is at half-staff at the University of Idaho…

Breitbart News Daily Podcast Ep. 275: Mitch Keeps JCPA Alive, Fauci Doesn’t ‘Recall,’ DACA Amnesty Next? Guest: Rep. Greg Murphy

Jerome Hudson, filling in for host Alex Marlow, begins today’s podcast with…

Beyond the Yorkshire Farm viewers proud of 'grown up' Reuben Owen as he leads new spin-off show Reuben & Clive

Fans loved catching up with one part of the Owen family, after…

Amid outcry, San Francisco pauses on ‘killer police robots’

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to put the brakes…