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Firefighter injured by debris from explosion in Lockport Township

A firefighter suffered minor injuries by debris from an explosion at a Lockport Township building that was on fire.

About 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to a fire in the 3500 block of State Street in unincorporated Lockport Township, according to a news release from the Lockport Township Fire Protection District.

Fire companies arrived to find a vacant two-story building that had a one-story addition off the back, officials said. The one-story portion of the structure was found to have heavy fire through the roof.

As the firefighters were stretching initial hose lines to the back of the building, there was an explosion in the two-story portion of the structure, officials said.

The debris from the explosion had caused minor injuries to a firefighter who was working on the exterior of the building, according to the Lockport Township Fire District. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation and he was treated and released, officials said.

Firefighters with East Joliet, Homer and Northwest Homer fire departments were called to the scene and the fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes, officials said. However, the firefighters spent about two hours on scene to completely extinguish the fire.

Homer, Lemont, New Lenox, Plainfield and Romeoville fire departments provided station coverage while the firefighters worked the scene, officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Lockport Township Fire Protection District.

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