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Two victims injured in water tank accident file lawsuit

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of a couple that was injured by flying debris when a huge water tank fell off of a building in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood Wednesday.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages on behalf of Lauren Hussar, 27 and her boyfriend, Jack Baginski, 29.

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Lauren Hussar suffered "traumatic injuries" and remains hospitalized after a century-old wooden water tank plummeted 10 stories off an apartment building, landing on the ground next to her.  Jack Baginski was listed in serious condition after being hit with debris and a wall of water. Baginski has since been released from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

A second woman who was leaving an adjacent building was also injured after being pelted with debris.

The couple are suing the Brewster building's condominium association, alleging it failed to properly inspect and secure the water tank at the top of the nine-story building.

"We are immediately seeking all maintenance and inspection records for this building and its water tank," said Richard F. Burke, Jr., partner at Clifford Law Offices handling the matter. "Such an old and potentially dangerous structure must be carefully inspected and meticulously maintained to ensure it is securely mounted to the roof of the building. People living in densely populated neighborhoods need to know these aging water tanks are safe."

Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford says the water tank was full when it smashed to the ground around 10 a.m. He says the tank was about eight feet wide and 12 feet high.

Chicago's building department is investigating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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