Crews Investigate House Explosion in Beverly (IL)

A school and community are rallying behind a beloved South Side teacher who lost home in a fire Tuesday morning, reports Chicago 32 News.

All that remains of Darlene Sheahan’s home are a pile of charred remains after an explosion and fire. Her sister, Chistine Bojda, said the family is devastated by what happened, including the loss of their 3-year-old golden doodle, Molly, who died in the fire.

However, they are grateful for how the community has rallied to their support, including at Sutherland Elementary School where Sheahan is a long-time kindergarten teacher.

City water department crews were working on 107th Place when they hit a gas line. Preliminary indications are the gas traveled into the home through the sewer line and likely ignited when the gas reached the furnace, according to a source at People’s Gas.

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