Belleville explosion, fire level vacant home

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Explosion at vacant home
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The blast leveled the home around 4 a.m.

Firefighters are on the scene of a house explosion in downstate Belleville in the 400 block of 40th Street just south of North Belt. The blast leveled the home at around 4 a.m., KTVI-TV reports.

The home that exploded, and the home next to it, were vacant. There appear to be no injuries in this incident.

The loud "boom" from the blast woke neighbors up. They tell FOX 2 that the people living in the home moved out about a week ago.

Firefighters say the fire burning in the debris is coming from a gas line. That may be one of the causes of the explosion. It is unclear when the gas will be cut off to the line.