RAPATEE, Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE 6/11: Two people have been identified after a deadly explosion in rural Knox County.
Two people have been identified after a deadly explosion on Sunday in rural Knox County. Officials say 51-year-old David L. Swain Jr., and his mother, 77-year-old Wanda Swain both died as a result of the explosion.
Officials say 51-year-old David L. Swain Jr., and his mother, 77-year-old Wanda Swain both died as a result of the explosion.
On Sunday, June 9, just before 11:30 a.m., officials with the Knox County Sheriff's Department responded to the 17 Illinois Route 97 in Rapatee, Illinois for a report of a house explosion. Officials say upon arrival the home was leveled and debris was scattered throughout the area. They say the explosion also impacted the neighboring residence and caused damage there as well.
Both David and Wanda were found in the debris according to officials.
The State of Illinois Fire Marshall arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation. At this time, officials say there are no signs of any criminal activity leading up to the explosion and it's believed to be accidental.
The following list are agencies responding to assist the Knox County Sheriff's Department; State of Illinois Fire Marshal, Fairview Fire Department, Maquon Fire Department, London Mills Fire Department, Fulton County EMS, London Mills Ambulance Service, Galesburg Hospital Ambulance Service, OSF Life Flight, Fulton County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, Knox County Coroner and Ameren.
ORIGINAL: Two people were killed in a house gas explosion in Rapatee, Illinois which is in rural Knox County near the Fulton County line.
According to Fulton County Emergency Management, emergency responders were called to Illinois 97 and North Street for a report of a house explosion.
Crews found debris over the roadway, power lines, and nearby homes.
According to the Facebook post below, the house was supplied by a propane tank in the yard and there are no natural gas lines in the area.
In an earlier post on their Facebook page, officials say the gas leak was contained.
Officials say AMEREN crews are on scene working to restore power.
Illinois 97 is closed in this area. Officials say it likely will not open until Monday.
Emergency officials ask that you avoid the area.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.