House Explodes In Park Forest

PARK FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Two people were injured when a house exploded in south suburban Park Forest Tuesday.

The residence at 13 Bailey Road in Park Forest blew up sometime before 1:30 p.m. Nicor gas crews were on the scene, but it was not confirmed whether natural gas was responsible for the explosion, Park Forest village spokesman Jason Miller said.

“We do know there is a decent amount of debris,” said Miller, with parts of the home strewn about 100 feet away from the foundation.

Two nearby utility workers reportedly saved a woman from the house, after finding her on the second floor. The woman would not jump, so the workers got a ladder to her just before the second floor of the house collapsed, a witness said.

The woman was the only person in the house at the time, the witness said.

  • fritzy

    This is happening quite often these days. You think you are safe in your own home and have taken all precautions. Who is going to tell who the pipes need to be inspected and/or replaced at a very high cost? How many more explosions? It’s like the bridges and porches. It takes an accident or ten to call attention to it. HELLO????!!!!!!!

    • Patty Reynolds-Andersen

      Peoples Gas requires inspections….they will cut you off if you don’t let them in to check things out every year or two….not sure about Nicor, but maybe they should start the same practice.

  • Bailey

    This was due tio contractors digging in the street and hitting the gas line

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  • tom

    but they do not have to fix some leaks if outside and away from the house. they just leave it leak. also the change piping and leave old pipe in ground and through the house wall for runway of gas to help . they do not do what there own rules say as i bet they have to remove any pipes that they do not use from the walls of the house in a meter reinstall. most of berwyn cicero river forest and around have had there meter moved and Nicor has left the pipe in the wall and will not remove them if you ask even.

  • Kato

    What gets me is how the constru fion crew didn’t do anything after they smelled it. They just took a lunch break! Maybe a evacuation could of been a great idea!?

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