Man killed, woman flown to burn center after house explosion in Wabash Co.

Sheriff: 2 people flown to burn center following house explosion in Wabash Co.
Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 5:59 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2022 at 11:36 PM CDT
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ALLENDALE, Ill. (WFIE) - On Friday evening, two people were flown to a Louisville burn center after a home just north of Allendale was destroyed in a possible explosion.

According to law enforcement, the two injured people were the only occupants.

Wabash County Sheriff Derek Morgan identified the two as Kevin and Sue Murphy. He said Kevin has died, and Sue is in the ICU.

He said when he arrived on scene, the home was engulfed in flames.

“The structure itself was still standing, but [the fire] was rapidly increasing,” Sheriff Morgan said.

He said they quickly learned that the two people were rescued before they arrived on scene.

“Some neighbors helped out and got both occupants out of the house,” Sheriff Morgan said. “And we got EMS here, and they’ve both been flown out of here tonight.”

He said the two victims were talking and alert as they were being transported.

14 News spoke with the neighbors who got them out. They wished to remain anonymous, but said they were doing a “good neighborly deed.”

Fire crews were keeping an eye on the site for hours after the incident began.

“Just try to put the fire out at this time,” Assistant Fire Chief James Johnson said. “Just trying to get the hot spots in overhaul.”

When the scene is under control, crews will begin investigating the cause of the fire.

“The state fire marshal will come in, try to do his investigation and figure out what actually took place here today,” Sheriff Morgan said.

14 News spoke with the Sheriff on Saturday. He tells us there is no update on what caused the explosion, but the state fire marshal was on scene earlier that morning.

We will keep you updated with the latest developments in the investigation.