UPDATE: Two Hurt in Oregon Garage Explosion

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

UPDATE: As of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thomas E. Jones, 25, remains in critical condition at OSF St. Anthony Hospital. Chelsy Janssen, 22, is in fair condition.


OREGON (WIFR) -- On 8/20/12 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Oregon Police Department and the Oregon Fire Department responded to a garage fire at 406 S. 8th Street.

25 year-old Thomas E. Jones, of Oregon, was apparently working on a demolition car in his garage when an explosion occurred, resulting in the garage fire. Jones was flown to OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford.

Jones’ girlfriend, Chelsy M. Janssen, age 22, of Oregon, sustained burns to her hands, arms, and forehead, while helping Jones. Byron Ambulance transported Janssen to OSF St. Anthony Hospital as well.

Oregon Fire Department was assisted by the Byron, Mt. Morris, Stillman Valley, and Franklin Grove Fire Departments.

Fire damaged the detached garage, and a portion of the residence, as well as the siding on the residence just to the south of 406 S. 8th Street.

The Illinois State Fire Marshall responded and the results of their investigation as to the cause and origin of this incident are still pending.


OREGON (WIFR) -- An explosion in Oregon has burned the majority of a local man's body. Police say it happened while he was trying to fix a car in the garage.

The explosion went off a at about a quarter to six in the 400 block of South 8th Street. The 24-year-old victim was airlifted to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center with burns to 85% of his body. A female victim was also taken to the hospital with minor burns. Neighbors tell us they were working on a derby car when the tank exploded.

The State Fire Marshall was called in to determine exactly what happened.

No word on damage estimates to the victim's home or surrounding properties.


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