3 hurt, building damaged in accidental explosion in Berwyn: authorities

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BERWYN, Ill. — Three people were hurt after a gas leak led to a building explosion in downtown Berwyn, according to first responders.

Police and fire crews responded to the 3300 block of Oak Park Avenue around 2 p.m. for reports of an explosion. First responders said the blast happened inside a vacant building near the La Familia Market. Berwyn Fire Chief Thomas Hayes says some construction work was ongoing in the area when the blast occurred.

The building was evacuated. The explosion was determined to be accidental.

“The building is a total loss,” Hayes said. “It’s going to need to come down at some point.”

A woman who has an office nearby described the scene to WGN News, saying, “the whole building bounced, and everything rattled,” during the blast.

Another woman said the explosion sounded like a “train crash.”

Berwyn Fire Chief Thomas Hayes said three people suffered minor injuries. One person was treated at nearby MacNeal Hospital. Two others refused treatment.

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