CARLINVILLE — Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a house at 430 N. West St. exploded Wednesday morning after a worker hit a natural gas line while digging for construction on a water line.
According to an Illinois State Police District 18 press release, Ameren Illinois was immediately notified of the gas leak but the house exploded at 10:42 a.m. before utility crews could arrive. A city of Carlinville subcontractor was doing the excavation work.
The Carlinville Fire Department arrived on scene to extinguish the fire with the help of the Girard Fire Department. Officers from the Carlinville Police Department, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police arrived on scene to assist in traffic control and securing a perimeter. Dunn’s Ambulance transported two residents, one of who was in the house, to Carlinville Area Hospital. Both residents later were transferred to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
According to Brian Bretsch with Ameren Illinois, natural gas and power has been shut off to the blast site.
The Illinois state fire marshal and ATF have taken control of the scene from the Carlinville Fire Department. The area has been secured while the investigation is under way. The area is safe for residents and the public; however, Ameren Illinois will make sure all of the residences in the immediate area of the explosion site are clear of any residual natural gas prior to owners returning to their houses.
The American Red Cross is on scene assisting residents affected by the incident.
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