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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Blast levels 2-story southern Illinois home, gas suspected

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Blast levels 2-story southern Illinois home, gas suspected

CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Fire officials say an explosion leveled a two-story home in rural Caseyville in southern Illinois. Hollywood Heights Fire Chief Buddy Moore says the Saturday explosion appears to have been caused by natural gas. Moore says the blast blew the home off its foundation. He says utility companies were at the site […]

Blast levels 2-story southern Illinois home, gas suspected

CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Fire officials say an explosion leveled a two-story home in rural Caseyville in southern Illinois.

Hollywood Heights Fire Chief Buddy Moore says the Saturday explosion appears to have been caused by natural gas. Moore says the blast blew the home off its foundation. He says utility companies were at the site on Saturday evening.

It happened about 6:30 p.m. while rental resident Dan Smith was away doing work at a friend’s house.

Smith told the Belleville News-Democrat that four dogs died in the explosion. He says he didn’t smell gas when he left the home.

Neighbor Darlene Jonas says she heard “one big explosion” and she’s “still shaking from it.”

Caseyville is in St. Clair County about ten miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.

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