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Wrigley Field, other buildings damaged by storm

A panel Wrigley Field roabove press box was damaged Tuesday night by extreme winds accompanying blizzard.

A panel of the Wrigley Field roof above the press box was damaged Tuesday night by extreme winds accompanying the blizzard.

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Updated: February 2, 2011 4:34PM



At least six buildings have been damaged by the blizzard — including historic Wrigley Field, where a portion of the roof blew off.

A panel of the Wrigley Field roof above the press box was damaged by extreme winds during the blizzard, Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said.

Part of the panel, made of fiberboard, broke away and the Cubs are working with the city to monitor the situation and to ensure there aren’t any public safety issues, Chase said.

North Clark and West Addison streets near the ballpark were closed as a precaution. A security guard will remain on site to monitor the situation, officials said.

According to a statement from the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications none of the storm damage to buildings poses a threat to the public. Because of the weather the city had not been able to complete an inspection of Wrigley Field as of Wednesday morning.

On the Northwest Side, the awning and pipes blew off a building at 5700 W. Irving Park, the statement said. The owner was on site cleaning up late Tuesday.

A column collapsed in a vacant building at 4759 N. Maplewood and the area was barricaded off with caution tape, officials said.

In Rogers Park, inspectors responded to a report of a sign blowing in the wind at 2733 W. Devon. There were no immediate details on the incident.

The Department of Buildings has also responded to 67 heat complaints, 28 vacant buildings complaints and four garage complaints.



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