High winds cause falling glass at high-rise

It was the holiday season but no Santa crashing through the window at the 16-story Optima Horizon condo building in Evanston last week.

Instead, high winds reportedly loosened decorative channel glass on a balcony on the Clark Street side of the building about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Evanston Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky says some of the decorative glass crashed through window panes, which started falling to the ground.

Arni Miller, president of the building’s condo association, says by the time it was over about a half dozen windows had to be boarded up, affecting residents of three or four units in the building.

Berkowsky said fire crews were on the scene for about two-and-a-half hours and police kept the street blocked off after that.

Miller says association officials will meet later this week to plan for permanent repairs to the damage.

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