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Police searched for explosives after the fire because of a call they received when the fire started, according to a case report the Northwest Herald obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
One resident told Harter that Bill Burger had 10 pounds of gunpowder he buried behind the garage to build pipe bombs and fireworks, and the resident was unsure whether the powder still was there or had been dug up, according to the report.
After a search, investigators did not find any evidence of explosives on the property.
Bill Burger was taken to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford with second- and third-degree burns on his arms, hands, head, back of his neck and on the side of his body, Barbara Burger said.
He has since been released from the hospital, one resident told the Northwest Herald.
Rogers said she did not know his condition.