House Explodes NW of Springfield

VIRGINIA, Ill. (AP) _ Fire officials say a home in rural central Illinois exploded but no one was home at the time.

The explosion happened in the town of Virginia in Cass County.  Virginia Fire Chief Donnie Reynolds tells WLDS radio in Jacksonville the home exploded around 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Reynolds says he thinks a propane leak filled the home with gas.   He says the gas found an ignition source causing the explosion.

Reynolds say there was little evidence a house existed when fire fighters arrived at the scene.  He says debris was found 200 to 300 yadrs away.  Reynolds cited scanner reports, saying people heard the blast in Mason, Morgan and Menard counties.

Virginia is about 35 miles northwest of Springfield.

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