Updated 12/2/14 – 10:22 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A home in the Morgan Park neighborhood was destroyed in a natural gas explosion Tuesday morning.
Chicago Water Management Department crews were working on the 2100 block of West 107th Place around 8:30 a.m., when someone ruptured a gas line. That brought firefighters and Peoples Gas crews out to the area.
“We started knocking on doors to make sure that we don’t have gas levels built up in the homes,” Deputy Chicago Fire Cmsr. John McNicholas said.
While Fire Department and Peoples Gas crews were checking on homes on the block, one homeowner reported his boiler caught fire in the basement. The small fire was quickly extinguished.
As firefighters were outside another home at 2148 W. 107th Pl., looking for the gas shutoff, that house exploded.
“I happened to be on the scene. I witnessed the explosion,” McNicholas said.
The house was leveled in the blast. The explosion also caused visible damage to the two homes on either side.
The explosion caused a fire that quickly engulfed the home, and the Fire Department brought about 150 firefighters and 50 fire vehicles to the scene, to respond to the fire and gas leak.