Couple critically hurt, airlifted to hospital after house explosion in rural Freeport

Crews said the incident happened just after 7 p.m. near Harlem Center Road and U.S. Route 20.
Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 8:00 PM CDT
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STEPHENSON COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - A man and woman suffer grave injuries after a massive home explosion in rural Freeport Tuesday evening.

The Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office said the couple, believed to own the home near U.S. Route 20 and Harlem Center Road, were inside during the blast just after 7 p.m. A neighbor and passerby helped the couple out of their home before first responders arrived.

Emergency crews said the couple was airlifted by helicopter to a Rockford hospital, after they were initially flown to FHN.

Investigators have yet to release the names and conditions of the couple. The State Fire Marshall’s Office is also still looking into what caused the explosion.

This is a developing story. 23 WIFR News will provide updates as they become available.