Vacant buildings can be more than a nuisance, and Chicago authorities make every effort to hold owners accountable for the safety and livability of their buildings. Understandably, if a property is a danger to its residents or others because of building code violations, the owner will likely receive a citation, and fines will begin to accumulate. However, sometimes those violations or dangerous conditions are not within the control of the owner.
A recent fire in the South Side is under investigation, and police are especially concerned because the fire resulted in one man's death. The fire department received a call around 6:45 one morning that an abandoned building was on fire. A second alarm sounded about 15 minutes later, and rescuers worked over four hours extinguishing the flames that spread to an adjacent building. Residents of the adjacent building evacuated, but they informed rescuers that a man had been living in the empty building.