Over a dozen fire departments respond after a microburst damaged an apartment building and displaced 21 families at the Washington Apartments, 32 Washington Boulevard in Mundelein, Tuesday evening. | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A child was injured and 59 residents were displaced after a possible microburst caused part of a roof to an apartment building in Mundelein to blow off and the facade to collapse.

The Mundelein Fire Department and Mundelein Police Department responded around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday to the Washington Apartments, 32 Washington Boulevard in Mundelein, for a report of a structural collapse incident.

Mundelein Fire Chief Bill Lark said a suspected microburst removed part of the roof of the building.

Over a dozen fire departments respond after a microburst damaged an apartment building and displaced 21 families at the Washington Apartments, 32 Washington Boulevard in Mundelein, Tuesday evening. | Photo: Max Weingardt

The damage occurred to a 30 by 30 section of the roof on the southwest corner of the structure, Lark said.

A large section of brick facade on the same corner collapsed onto the ground. A tree was also uprooted in front of the building and debris was scattered throughout the area.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to the box alarm level for a structural collapse response.

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Over a dozen fire departments respond after a microburst damaged an apartment building and displaced 21 families at the Washington Apartments, 32 Washington Boulevard in Mundelein, Tuesday evening. | Photo: Craig / Captured News

The alarm activation brought numerous area fire departments and specialized equipment to the scene to check the building.

The Lincolnshire, Countryside, Wauconda, Newport, North Chicago, Libertyville, Round Lake, Lake Bluff, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Gurnee, Buffalo Grove and Lake Zurich assisted the Mundelein Fire Department at the scene.

Lark said the building was deemed to be structurally sound but not inhabitable for residents.

Over a dozen fire departments respond after a microburst damaged an apartment building and displaced 21 families at the Washington Apartments, 32 Washington Boulevard in Mundelein, Tuesday evening. | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

Approximately 59 residents from 21 units were displaced from the building.

The American Red Cross was contacted and responded to the scene to help the residents with housing arrangements.

Some of the displaced residents had other family members in the area and others were put in hotels, Lark said.

Over a dozen fire departments respond after a microburst damaged an apartment building and displaced 21 families at the Washington Apartments, 32 Washington Boulevard in Mundelein, Tuesday evening. | Photo: Remi Merrill

Fire crews escorted residents back into and out of the building to get their necessary belongings, such as medications and clothing.

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A child suffered minor injuries after a piece of drywall from the ceiling came down and struck him in the head, Lark said.

The child did not require transport to the hospital.

Over a dozen fire departments respond after a microburst damaged an apartment building and displaced 21 families at the Washington Apartments, 32 Washington Boulevard in Mundelein, Tuesday evening. | Photo: Max Weingardt

A second person reporting arm pain from being struck by a piece of drywall was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

A man at the scene told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that he was messaging his daughter, who lives in one of the affected apartment units, when the collapse occurred.

“I had been messaging her from the Grayslake library saying go to the basement. She messaged back saying there is no basement,” he said.

Over a dozen fire departments respond after a microburst damaged an apartment building and displaced 21 families at the Washington Apartments, 32 Washington Boulevard in Mundelein, Tuesday evening. | Photo: Remi Merrill

“I said then get away from the windows and she went in the closet and everything burst. The patio door, the windows, everything burst outward. Part of her kitchen roof collapsed. Thank god she’s fine,” the man added.

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The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Lake County Tuesday evening, which had just expired when the incident occurred.

The NWS said Wednesday they were conducting storm surveys in two sections near the Barrington, Lake Zurich and Long Grove areas where potential tornadoes went through.