Firefighters Continue Working To Douse Flames Hours After Home Explosion (Video/Photos)

burning home
Smoke rises from the basement of the home hours after the explosion. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Four hours after a home on Bailey Road exploded today, firefighters were still working to extinguish flames.

Bailey Road was covered in mud. Neighbors stood by watching as firefighters from five communities worked to douse the flames in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. By 4:00 p.m., smoke was still rising from the basement.

“The only saving grace is no one got killed,” said James Gilbert, a resident in the 100 block of Birch Street.

As of 8:30 p.m., the street was brightly lit with emergency lighting as firefighters continued to put out flames. Officials said materials under debris in the collapsed basement would likely burn long into the night.

Raw video from the scene:

Photographs by Gary Kopycinski:

Rescue equipment on 26th streetWatermain replacement
Smoke from basementremains of home
Clockwise from top-left, rescue equipment was all over Birch Street at 26th Street. Next, water main replacement underway across the street from the home that exploded. Remains of the home smoulder as (last photo bottom left) firefighters continue dousing flames.