DeKalb County explosion destroys home near Earlville; 1 injured, law enforcement says

ByCate Cauguiran and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
DeKalb County explosion destroys home near Earlville, 1 injured
An explosion in DeKalb County, IL completely obliterated a house and injured one person in Earlville, the sheriff's office said.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- The DeKalb County sheriff said an explosion destroyed a home and sparked a fire in Earlville Tuesday afternoon.

The sheriff's office said they received calls about the explosion on Goble Road near Bend Roadjust before 1:40 p.m. When they responded to the scene, the found the home had been completely destroyed and leveled.

Firefighters worked into the evening hours to put out the fire following the explosion.

"We received several 911 calls about a possible house explosion. Our deputies arrived with some of the fire departments to find the house completely leveled," said Chief Deputy Jim Burgh.

The sheriff's office, Illinois Conservation Police and firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the scene.

One person was hurt in the explosion and taken for treatment at a hospital.

"There was a family member that was in the residence when this happened. That person was transported by ambulance to a hospital," Burgh said.

The homeowner, who did not want to appear on camera, said their family member is expected to be OK.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. No further details were immediately available.