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Rural Illinois house explodes, no injuries

VIRGINIA – Fire officials said 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 told WLDS radio in Jacksonville that the home exploded around 9:30 p.m. Friday. Reynolds said he thinks a propane leak filled the home with gas. He said the gas found an ignition source causing the explosion.

Reynolds said there was little evidence a house existed when fire fighters arrived at the scene. He said debris was found 200 to 300 yards 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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Information from: WLDS-AM.

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