- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) - A man injured in the explosion of a home in southern Illinois has been identified.

Relatives of the man injured in the Sunday afternoon explosion in West Frankfort tell the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale (https://bit.ly/1lOI7M9 ) that he is 20-year-old Casey Hester. He is in a St. Louis hospital. Information about his condition was not immediately available.

West Frankfort Fire Department Capt. Craig Lemmon says it doesn’t appear that a gas leak caused the explosion.

Authorities say the home was structurally unsound. Firefighters tore down the home because of heavy damage. No other properties were damaged.

Neighbors say they felt the explosion a block away. Tim Murphy was at his home when he “felt the ground shake” and says he “thought it was a sonic boom.”

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com


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