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Chicago explosion: At least eight people have been injured in an apartment building explosion Tuesday morning in the South Austin neighborhood, CBS News reports.

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A Chicago Fire Department spokesperson confirmed there was an explosion around 9 a.m. in a four-story apartment building at 5601 W. West End Ave.

A total of 10 ambulances were sent to the scene, and at least eight people have been transported to hospitals. Two males were taken to Loyola University Medical Center, one in serious to critical condition and one in fair to serious condition. A male and a female were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair to serious condition, and a male was taken to Mount Sinai in serious to critical condition. A female was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in fair to serious condition. Two males were taken to Stroger Hospital, one in serious to critical condition and the other in fair to serious condition.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Marc Ferman said one of the people who was injured was in a building across the street at the time.

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The Fire Department had to bring in crews to shore up the building during a search of the building search, which remained underway as of 11:15 a.m. However, Ferman said officials believe everyone has gotten out of the building.

Chicago Fire Department video posted on Twitter shows a large amount of debris on the street outside the building. Chopper 2 also spotted debris on the roof of a building across the street.

CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, based on the way the debris fanned out around the building, it’s likely the explosion was the result of a natural gas leak.

One neighbor, Shannon Nelson, said she lives across the street, and was lying in bed when she heard the explosion.

“My bed shook almost like an earthquake,” Nelson said.

Nelson said, when she went outside, she could smell natural gas in the air.

Ferman said the official cause of the explosion remains under investigation. Peoples Gas has shut off natural gas service to the building.

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