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Two houses leveled in explosion in Marengo, IL

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An explosion in Marengo, Ill., leveled two houses, damaged about 50 others and injured two people Sunday morning, emergency officials said.

The blast occurred around 4:40 a.m. and in addition to the two destroyed houses, caught four others on fire.

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“The first battalion chief, on arrival, saw two houses that were completely gone. At that point, he pulled a MABAS box alarm, and tried getting more help in here to look for any possible victims,” Marengo Fire Protection District Chief Robert Bradbury said.

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He said he didn’t believe anyone was in the two most seriously damaged homes at the time.

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The cause of the explosion was under investigation, though officials believe it was caused by a gas leak.

“There was a gas leak a couple houses down, and the people were on vacation. The house was all closed up. So it blew, and it blew — in like a two- or three-block radius — windows out everywhere,” neighbor Deb Hamilton told WBBM-TV.

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Flying debris damaged more than 50 homes in the neighborhood.

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