3 Injured, Gas Leak Reported After Berwyn Explosion, Officials Say

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Residents in suburban Berwyn are being asked to stay away from the area near 33rd Street and Oak Park Avenue after an explosion occurred, injuring at least three people.

According to a social media post from Berwyn officials, first responders are at the scene after what authorities are calling an "accidental" explosion in the 3300 block of Oak Park Avenue.

Berwyn firefighters are being joined by other departments in responding to the scene, according to officials. Firefighters are working to extinguish the flames and to contain an active gas leak.

Nicor is on the scene, and has shut down gas in the area due to the ongoing leaks. ComEd is also on scene and has cut off power to part of the city as a precaution.

It is unclear when the utilities will be restored.

At least three people were hurt in the explosion, according to Fire Chief Tom Hayes. All three individuals walked to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, and at least two have already been released. A third is expected to be released Tuesday evening.

The building was vacant at the time of the explosion, officials said. The structure has been deemed a total loss, and will need to be demolished, according to officials.

Residents are being asked to “stay clear of the area" as crews continue to work the scene.

According to Total Traffic, Oak Park Avenue is closed in both directions between 35th Street and 32nd Street because of the incident.

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