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An elderly woman and her daughter escaped without injuries when a single-family house collapsed Thursday night in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side.

Firefighters responded about 10 p.m. to a report of a building collapse in the 3600 block of South Lowe, Fire Media Affairs said. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley grew up in a bungalow a block away in the 3500 block of South Lowe.

The two women got out of the house as one wall came down, causing half of the roof to shift into the gangway, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. It was unclear whether the two women were the only occupants of the home, he said.

Fire officials estimated the house was more than one hundred years old, and that might and said the age of the house’s age might have contributed to the collapse.

Houses on either side of the building also were evacuated as a precautionary measure, Langford said.

“If the roof slides any more off of the main building, it could cause some substantial damage to the building to the north,” Langford said. “Every minute we get more bricks falling, it’s very unstable.”

Firefighters remained on the scene Thursday night as utilities were shut off. Officials from the city’s building department were on the way determine whether the house needed to be torn down immediately.

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