One person killed after house fire


RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — A deadly house fire is under investigation after neighbors told first responders they heard an explosion. It happened Tuesday afternoon in the 400 block of Broadmeadow Road.

Neighbors looked up after hearing the noise and saw smoke and flames coming from the house. Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters said the front window of the home was blown out, and the back wall of the house was blown out by about a foot.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said one person was killed, but their name hasn’t been released yet.

The Thomasboro Fire Department and the Gifford Fire Department were called to assist.

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