Police: Home explosion in Joliet may be arson

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Police say arson may be the cause of a house explosion in Joliet.

It happened late Sunday night on South East Circle Drive.

Firefighters had a difficult time battling the fire because there weren’t enough fire hydrants in the area.

A man who lives in the home was taken to Loyola Medical Center with burns to over 70% of his body.

A firefighter was also hurt at the scene but his injuries were not serious.

A dog was reportedly found underneath the rubble, and it survived.

The fire may have something to do with a case of a missing person, police said.

The missing woman is the injured man’s live-in girlfriend.

She was reported missing on June 22, but relatives say they have not heard from her since June 9.

Investigators also say it appears someone tampered with a gas line.

-Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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