Marengo Explosion, Seemingly Gas Fire

It was before dawn on June 11th when my wife and I heard what we thought was thunder.

Turns out it looks like a gas explosion in Marengo about fourteen miles away.

Channel 7’s video of the gas explosion scene.

ABC News reports that two homes were blown up.

As a precaution NICOR’s gas has been shut off.

Here is the Tribune’s article.

The press release from the City of Marengo follows:

Multiple Homes Impacted by Explosion in Marengo

On Sunday, June 11, at approximately 04:50 a.m. Marengo Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the 500 block of 7th Ave in Marengo for a possible explosion that resulted in a house fire.

Upon their arrival there were four houses that were on fire, with numerous houses in the area impacted.

One person was transported from the scene by ambulance.

Multiple fire departments responded to the scene and at this time the fires are contained.

The utility companies are currently conducting assessments of the areas.

The State Fire Marshall is on scene and beginning their investigation.

Displaced residents are being transported to Marengo High School at 110 Franks Rd.

In order to assist with the damage assessment any resident whose house was damaged is requested to make contact with Marengo City Hall at or call 815-703-9707.  Please provide your name, address, and contact phone number.

At this time no donations are needed.

If this changes we will advise what is needed on the City of Marengo website


Marengo Explosion, Seemingly Gas Fire — 7 Comments

  1. OMG, what a way to get woke up on a Sunday morning!!

    Heard it in Hampshire!!

    Thought we were getting bombed!!

    My dog even fell out of bed, it scared her so bad!!

    Prayers for all who are involved!!

    So Sad!!

  2. I heard that nobody was hurt but some family pets were killed.

    My daughter has a friend who lives nearby & his house and car have broken windows from it.

    He was told to evacuate his house.

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