House explodes during attempted burglary


Mattoon - Police are investigating after a house explosion during an attempted burglary.


One suspect is in the hospital and police are still searching for the other suspect. The explosion happened at 1816 Essex in Mattoon.


Firefighters responded to the house around 10:45 Monday night. They say two men attempted to steal copper from the unoccupied rental home when an explosion happened.


The house is a total loss. Police and firefighters are still investigating.

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