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Elderly woman dead after house explosion in LaSalle County

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At least one person is dead after a house exploded in Streator. (NVP) At least one person is dead after a house exploded in Streator. (NVP)
STREATOR (Sun-Times Media Wire) - An elderly woman was killed in a house explosion Monday night in southwest suburban Streator, about 60 miles southwest of Joliet.

The explosion happened about 10:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Court Street, authorities said.

Ethel M. Davison, 82, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the LaSalle County coroner's office. An autopsy is pending.

Kathy Lankhier lives near the scene and said she could feel the explosion throughout her house.

“[My] couch shook and it shook really bad,” she said. “I went to the front door and there were huge flames ... The house was black and you could not see the house. [The fire] then went automatically to the next house.”

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by Streator police, the coroner's office and the State Fire Marshal.


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