House explosion in north-central Illinois leaves 1 dead

STREATOR - According to LaSalle County authorities, one person is dead after a house explosion in a north-central Illinois city Monday night.

The LaSalle County Coroner's Office confirmed the death of one person following the explosion in Streator.  However, the coroner's office did not provide details on the person's age or gender.

Neighbors say that they felt and heard the explosion at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, and that a mother and son lived in the home.

The house was destroyed in the explosion, and surrounding homes suffered damage.  Police and fire officials have declined to release any further details on this incident at this time.  The cause of the blast is still unknown.

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