Explosion sparks massive fire in a Madison County home

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ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI) – Two people escaped a three-alarm fire early Thursday morning in Madison County. Authorities believe an explosion started the fire.

The fire was in the  400 block of Valley Drive in Rosewood Heights in Madison County.  It was reported just before 6:30 a.m.

The fire chief says there was some type of explosion inside the garage and the fire spread through the main part of the home.

There were two people inside the home when the fire started.  Authorities say they both escaped, but were taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.   The fire chief says a woman and her adult daughter lived in the home. The daughter did try to re-enter the residence to save the family’s dogs.

Numerous fire departments in the Madison County area were called to the scene to help put the fire out.  A house next door was also damaged by the explosion.  The windows were blown out.

The fire chief says the fire is not suspicious. There are reports that the family had propane tanks in the garage. The State Fire Marshall will investigate the cause of the blaze.

The home is a total loss.

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