Two loud explosions woke up residents and shook houses near 100th Street and Merrimac Avenue early Monday morning.
Oak Lawn firefighters responded to a call for house explosion at 5:28 a.m. in 10000 block of South Merrimac Ave. along the Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge border. When firefighters arrived, the front porch was fully engulfed in flames, Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets said.
“The firefighters did an excellent job putting the fire out pretty quickly,” Sheets said. “We’ll be on the scene for several hours doing an investigation.
Sheets said that the homeowner had just left for work when he heard two loud explosions at the end of the street. The homeowner turned around the block only to see that his house was on fire.
“The fire took about 15 minutes to put out,” the fire chief said. “It was going pretty good. The house is a total loss. It’s unfortunate.”
Neighbors in the area reported hearing two simultaneous explosions. Tina Valdez said the explosion shook her own house just a few doors down.
Another neighbor, Ron Schultz, who lives about a block away, said he was in bed looking at his phone when he heard two loud pops.
“It sounded like a bomb went off,” Schultz said.
The state fire marshal was on the way to the scene, the fire chief said.
“We’re not sure what it is at this point,” Sheets stated. “We
have somewhat of an idea but I can’t say for sure.”
There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.