Explosion in northern Chicago suburb levels house

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LONG GROVE, Ill. Authorities say an explosion has leveled a home, damaged several others and rattled a northwest suburban Chicago neighborhood.

Sgt. Gianni Giamberduca of the Lake County Sheriff's Office tells The Chicago Tribune that no one was injured in the explosion that happened about 10:40 p.m. Friday in Long Grove.

Don Thorp, who lives next to the damaged house, tells the Chicago Sun-Times that a "second boom" knocked him off his feet and damaged his home.

At 1:20 a.m. Saturday, firefighters from several departments still were working to contain the blaze and some homes had been evacuated. A gas line at the home continued to shoot flames several feet high two hours after the explosion. Insulation from the home was found as far away as a half mile.

Authorities are investigating.

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