After a house explosion and house fire scene was secured and extinguished, firefighters working overhaul of the scene discovered a body in the debris of the collapsed home in Gurnee.
Gurnee police and firefighter/paramedics had responded about 6:06 PM Friday September 8, 2017 to a report of a house explosion with fire at 18446 West Streamwood Court Gurnee, Il. Police and firefighter/paramedics report of a house explosion with fire. Multiple callers reported the house is leveled, and the house was collapse with a fire burning. The precise address had not been confirmed as the actual of the house that was destroyed.
A Working Still fire response was requested by 6:09 p.m.
The Gurnee Battalion Chief reported smoke showing from Hunt Club Road and Route 132 area during initial response to the scene.
A General Alarm was requested by 6:11 p.m.
When Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, the residence was fully engulfed with flames and collapsed to the ground. Gurnee Fire Department arrived, along with additional mutual aid fire departments from communities nearby.
Gurnee Engine 1312’s crew on arrival reported the house was fully involved with fire, and leveled to the ground.
Engine companies were hooking up to fire hydrants by 6:12 p.m.
Firefighter/paramedics received a report of an injured victim down the street on Streamwood at about 6:16 p.m. The extent of injuries was not known, and the call to check on the victim may have been an evaluation with no injuries.
All occupants of the house were reported “accounted for” by 6:22 p.m. on the fire radio. Some neighbors or bystanders also reported they thought the house was vacant or unoccupied.
Command reported, at about 6:26 p.m., that they had an active fire with an active gas leak, and needed the gas company to shut off the gas connection. A gas fed flame about 7- to 10-feet high was seen burning near the leveled house.
At approximately 8:30 pm the fire was extinguished, and at approximately 8:45 pm Gurnee Fire Department notified deputies and detectives there was a body located inside the debris of the residence.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office and a State Fire Marshall were requested to the scene, and immediately responded to the scene.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshall.
Six additional residences were damaged by debris from the explosion. A female occupant of one of the residences nearby sustained a minor injury from falling debris inside her residence. She was treated by paramedics and released at the scene. Initially the two closest homes were reported to be seriously damaged.
According to Lake County Sheriff’s police, the incident remains under investigation, and more information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 847 549 5200.
Houses in the neighborhood were hit with debris and firefighters were checking for structural damage at neighboring homes. Command reported a minimum of two neighboring homes damaged with no fire at the neighboring homes. Fire command later reported that the house to the south was heavily damaged, and the family was displaced from that home. The house to the north was also heavily damaged.
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BODY LOCATED AFTER HOUSE EXPLOSION
On September 8, 2017 at 6:05 pm the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house explosion on the 36400 block of Streamwood Dr. in Unincorporated Gurnee.