Explosion in Illinois: 10 Buildings, Including School, Church, Severely Damaged After Gas Leak


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WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS – A gas leak Monday culminated in a catastrophic explosion, wreaking havoc on 10 pivotal structures in Woodstock.

According to Woodstock Fire, it began after noon at 12:35PM, following reports of a gas scent at N. Tryon Street and Lincoln Street, local firefighters ascertained that a contract crew inadvertently struck a 2-inch gas main within a sewer conduit. By 2:38PM, calamity unfolded: a two-story house on Lincoln Ave was leveled in a blast that also triggered fires nearby.

The explosion’s aftermath was significant, impacting 10 central structures, notably a church and school. A swift response via the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System led to a 4th alarm call, summoning 20 fire departments to the scene.

While property damage was extensive, it’s a relief that no severe injuries occurred, save for two firefighters who incurred minor wounds. The American Red Cross is currently aiding the displaced residents, many of whom are still without essential utilities.

As investigations by Woodstock officials and Nicor Gas Company continue into the explosion’s origins, heartfelt gratitude goes out to all support agencies. Await further updates on this developing story.


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