Local News

The Kewanee Fire Dept, the Kewanee Police Dept and EMS were called out on Wednesday evening responding to an explosion and house fire that occurred in the 800 block of May Street.

The residence is the home of Edd Bickers of Kewanee who was taken to OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Witnesses reported seeing Mr. Bickers staggering out of the home with undetermined amounts of burns on his body.

Officials with OSF St Luke report that Mr. Bickers was transferred to an area hospital in stable condition.  

Witnesses also said the explosion could be felt several houses away.

Workers with Ameren IL were called in to help with the gas shutoff and other details.

The matter remains under investigation with the State Fire Marshals Office likely to be called in to help with that investigation.