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1 injured in natural gas explosion at home on Eighth Street in Rockford

Rockford Register Star logo Rockford Register Star 6/26/2021 Ken DeCoster, Rockford Register Star
a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a grass covered field: One person was injured during a natural gas explosion at 4305 Eighth St. in Rockford on Saturday, June 26, 2021. © KEN DECOSTER/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR One person was injured during a natural gas explosion at 4305 Eighth St. in Rockford on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

ROCKFORD — A two-family house on the city’s far south side was destroyed during a natural gas explosion Saturday. 

The cause of the blast hasn’t been determined, according to Rockford Fire Department Investigator John McGee.

“We just had a gas leak in the basement of the house,” McGee said. “The kids were inside cooking when it exploded. No one was seriously injured but we did have a pretty big bang here so we’re going to be condemning the house.”

At least five people were inside the home in the 4300 block of Eighth Street during the explosion, which happened about 11:15 a.m., McGee said.

One person was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries described as minor.

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Darien Peter lives directly south of the damaged house and was jolted awake by the blast.

“I was laying on the couch taking a nap and I heard a big explosion,” Peter, 27, said. “I thought it was a car accident. We came outside and I looked over and there was a crowd of people and the windows of that house were shattered. It was scary.”

The Rockford Fire Department and Nicor Gas are investigating the cause of the explosion.

Also: Rockton attorneys probe whether Chemtool violated village codes after massive fire

Ken DeCoster: kdecoster@rrstar.com; @DeCosterKen

This article originally appeared on Rockford Register Star: 1 injured in natural gas explosion at home on Eighth Street in Rockford

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