Firefighters investigating an explosion on University of Illinois campus


Urbana - Firefighters are investigating a morning explosion on the University of Illinois campus.


Firefighters responded to the unoccupied property at the corner of University and Harvey in Urbana just after 6 Tuesday morning to reports of an explosion. They found a heavy gas leak at the scene.


Ameren crews were called in to turn off the gas before firefighters could get inside. No one was injured during the blast or while fighting it. An investigation is underway to find the cause of the explosion.


"We don't know what actually caused the explosion as far as the gas leak, what the ignition source was exactly, so we have heavy equipment on the way in and we're going to start pulling the building apart and go into investigation mode." said Urbana Fire Marshall, Phil Edwards.


University Avenue between Goodwin and Lincoln remained closed this morning while the investigation was underway.  

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