Explosion In Downtown Canton

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One person is dead after a gas explosion in Canton Wednesday evening.

Ameren Illinois spokesman Tucker Kennedy tells News Partner 25 News an employee was killed in the gas explosion. Eleven other people were injured. Fulton County Coroner Steve Hines confirms a man was killed, but has not yet released his identity.

Four are being treated in Graham Hospital. They are in unknown condition.

A 68-year-old man was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and is in fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Fulton County ESDA said the explosion happened around 5:45 p.m. Several buildings around the city square were damaged, and access was still blocked in a 2 block radius around the square as of 10 p.m.

Fulton County Emergency personnel have completed two searches, and no additional casualities were found.

Displaced residents can go to the Salvation Army shelter, 176 S. 1st Avenue.

Ameren is working to restore power to customers affected by the explosions.

The Fulton County Emergency Services Disaster Agency released the following information Wednesday evening regarding the incident:

“The gas explosion took place in the 10 block of North 1st Avenue, Canton. Several surrounding buildings were affected by the blast. Search crews have completed a primary search and are in process of conduction secondary searches to the affected areas. At this time, there is one confirmed fatality and 11 additional persons injured. Those individuals were transported to local hospitals. The streets within a two block radius around the location including the city square are shut down and entry is prohibited expect by authorized personnel.”

 

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