Man injured in house explosion in northwest suburban Streamwood

STREAMWOOD, Ill. — A man suffered minor injuries in an explosion inside a northwest suburban townhouse Monday evening, according to officials.

Firefighters responding to calls of an explosion inside a townhouse just after 4 p.m. Monday discovered the windows were blown out of the house after arriving on the scene, Streamwood Fire Department Chief Christopher Clark said.

Clark said firefighters noticed other signs of an explosion, including light smoke coming from the house, and a fire in the basement which extended to the outside of the house.

A man believed to be an HVAC worker was found and taken to St. Alexius Medical for treatment. His injuries did not appear severe or life-threatening, Clark said, as he was concious, alert, talking and walking around.

Shattered windows and debris littered the backyard behind the home, which was one unit of a three-townhouse building. Clark said investigators believe the explosion began in the basement.

Investigators and firefighters remain on the scene Monday evening. Police are limiting access to the subdivision where the home is located, but there's no major impact on traffic in the area.

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