Criminal Charges Being Filed Against Owners of Building Where Chicago (IL) Firefighters Died

Criminal contempt charges will be filed against the owner of the vacant commercial building that collapsed and killed two Chicago (IL) firefighters in December 2010.

The building owner will be accused of failing to comply with court-ordered requirements to repair and secure the vacant building, according to a Chicago Tribune report (

Edward Stringer, a 12-year veteran, and Cory Ankum, a member of the department for less than two years, were killed last December when a roof and wall collapsed while they were conducting firefighting operations in an abandoned, one-story, brick, former laundry building. Nineteen other firefighters were injured.

Read the NIOSH report on the deaths HERE.

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