SULLIVAN – A man died and a woman was injured in a house explosion that happened on Friday night to the northeast of Sullivan, along the 1700N county road west of Jonathan Creek.
The Illinois Fire Brigade Office is investigating.
Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed said 20-year-old Jared L. Shrock, who lived in his home with his family, was declared dead at the scene at 12:10 pm Saturday. Preliminary indications that the cause of death is a dull explosion trauma, but smoke inhalation is probably a factor, Reed said.
Sullivan Fire Department chief Mike Piper said on Saturday morning that the department had received a call at 21:52 Friday to 1416 County Road 1700N in Moultrie County for an explosion of a house and two people reported missing.
"It was full of flames, and it was obvious that there was a great explosion," Piper said.
Soon after the firefighters arrived at the scene, they saved a woman from the structure. Then they restored Shrock's body. The inhabitants were amish.
Authorities are not sure what the cause of the explosion is, but they suspect it may be propane. The State Fire Marshal Service is investigating and making the final decision, Piper said.
Sullivan's firemen were assisted by Arthur, Bethany and Lovington, and the Charleston-based technical rescue team. Emergency staff cleared their place at 4 am.
The fire did not spread to other structures near the house. The explosion leveled the house, spreading debris across the yard, spreading some debris through the road in the adjoining field of the farm.
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