Two utility workers hurt by gas explosion in Chicago suburb


ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (KWQC) – Two utility workers are hurt, after a natural gas explosion and fire at a townhouse complex in suburban Chicago.

The explosion in Romeoville was reported Tuesday evening.

Investigators say the explosion stemmed from a reported gas leak. Two townhouse units were destroyed, but no residents were hurt. Fire officials say two Nicor workers were taken to hospitals. One was in fair condition, the other in serious-to-critical condition.

The village of Romeoville says in a statement that the Nicor employees were in the process of repairing the leak, which was reported earlier in the afternoon, when the explosion happened.

The exact cause of the explosion is under investigation. The American Red Cross says more than 20 people were displaced from homes, and the surrounding area was evacuated as a precaution.

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