FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — UPDATE: According to Freeport Fire in a release issued this afternoon, at 10:38 am on Tuesday, February 11, the FFD responded to 1151 W. Prentice Street for a residential home explosion. Upon arrival, fire department personnel found a single-story, wood frame, single-family home heavily damaged from an apparent explosion. Some smoke from smoldering fires was present. There were two occupants in the home at the time of the explosion. Both of them self-evacuated. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. One male occupant of the home was transported for injuries. Fire units remained on the scene until approximately 12:15 pm, assisting with securing utilities and the family.
Feb 11, 2020 @ 2:58 pm — Freeeport Fire Department responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Prentice St. today with reports of a explosion occurring at a residence. While official details of the situation have not yet been released, various community reports have come in stating that a person inside the home was attempting to light the pilot on a hot water heater. These details have not been confirmed. Injuries have been reported with no additional details available at this time.
The photos below were taken on the scene around 1:30 pm this afternoon.