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One dead, two taken to the hospital after home explodes in Rockford

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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX
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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: Rockford Fire Department
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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: Rockford Fire Department
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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX
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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX
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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX
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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX
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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX
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The scene of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX
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The scene the following morning of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX
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The scene the following morning of a deadly home explosion on Lapey Street in Rockford on Sept. 29. Photo: 13 WREX

HOUSE EXPLOSION: 13 WREX is LIVE near Willis and Lapey on Rockford's southeast side as a house has been leveled after an apparent explosion.For more: https://wrex.com/2020/09/29/house-leveled-after-possible-explosion-fire-in-rockford/

Posted by WREX-TV on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

ROCKFORD (WREX) -- One person is dead and two are taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a house explodes in the 2800 block of Lapey Street in Rockford.

Fire crews were called around 6:30 p.m. for a house explosion. Rockford Fire crews say two people were inside when the house exploded. Fire crews say when they got there, the two people were outside of the home. They were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Photos show the house is destroyed and debris is scattered across the block.

Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten says the fire knocked off the gas meter to the home. So, it is leaking, but Nicor is on the way to shut it off.

Once the gas was turned off, fire crews searched the home to see if anyone was trapped inside and then investigate the cause of the fire. Chief Bergsten expects crews to be on scene for another few hours, about an hour to put the fire out and a couple hours to investigate.

Fire crews found one person dead inside what was left of the home.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. Neighbors in the area say the explosion rocked their homes, even knocking photos off of their walls.

It is unclear what caused the explosion, fire crews are investigating.

Chief Bergsten says the only home that was evacuated was a home directly to the south of the explosion, that home did catch fire for a short time. No one was hurt in that home.

James Stratton

James Stratton is the Evening Anchor at 13 WREX and reports for 13 Investigates He joined the team in August, 2018 after working at KWQC TV-6 in Davenport Iowa. His work in Illinois and Iowa has been awarded in both states, along with Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Awards at 13 WREX.

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