Richard Ray

Home Burns in South Suburbs Near I-57, Neighbors Say Houses Shook

A home in the south suburbs was engulfed in flames Friday afternoon and residents in the area say they felt their homes shake and heard what sounded like an explosion.

Sky 5 was over the scene at 163rd and Kedvale in unincorporated Oak Forest where the home appeared to be entirely burned to the ground. Debris was thrown around the area—including onto the roof of a neighboring structure that appeared to be damaged.

The family that owns the home was not at home at the time--but they did lose several pets, the owner's brother told NBC 5.

Fire officials said propane tanks and ammunition were found on the property but the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Firefighters on the scene were attempting to get the flaming structure under control as smoke billowed over nearby I-57, causing delays.

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