SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Springfield firefighters gave more details about a house explosion that happened on Tuesday.

Firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls from neighbors due to an explosion that occurred in a house near Sandgate and Henley Road on Tuesday.

Officials said that upon arrival at the scene, they found that the house was completely destroyed and that there was debris for half a block in all directions. Both houses to the east and west also sustained significant damage. The neighbors were shaken, but uninjured.

Neighbors informed firefighters that the home owner was out of town.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Springfield Firefighters are actively responding to a house fire believed to have been caused by an explosion.

The fire is happening in the 2500 block of Sandgate Road. A caller told firefighters that a home was on fire due to an explosion with the smell of natural gas in the area. Firefighters said the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Ameren crews, officials from the city’s Building and Zoning Department and firefighters from the Fire Safety Division were dispatched to the scene. Bystanders are being asked to leave the area.

This is a developing story.