Benton Home Damaged After Fire, Oxygen Tank Explosion

Benton Home Damaged After Fire, Oxygen Tank Explosion

BENTON – A Benton home is badly damaged following a fire on Saturday morning.

According to a release from the Benton Fire Department, crews were called to the 100 block of East Smith Street around 7:30 a.m. Saturday following an explosion at the home. When crews arrived, they noticed heavy smoke coming from the home and a woman lying on the sidewalk nearby.

Emergency crews took the woman, whose status is currently unknown, to a local hospital.

Fire crews from Benton along with West City and West Frankfort were able to get the blaze under control within a half hour. It was determined an oxygen tank exploded in the home due to extreme heat and pressure.

The State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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