Decatur House Explodes; Gas Leak to Blame

Decatur House Explodes; Gas Leak to Blame

The house near Monroe and Hay in Decatur exploded Friday./Photo courtesy WAND-TV

A house near Decatur Memorial Hospital has exploded, destroying it and damaging houses around it.

The explosion happened early Friday afternoon near the corner of Hay and Monroe Streets, just south of DMH. Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Abbott told our news partners at WAND-TV that there were no injuries.

“The house that exploded was vacant, the house to the north… people were living there but they weren’t home,” Abbott said. “There was a lady home in the house to the south who was, it’s my understanding, she was blown across the living room when the house exploded, but she’s uninjured.”

Abbott says a leaking gas line is to blame. Ameren capped service and the house will be leveled; it’s a total loss.

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