Explosion, Fire at IL Baking Co.

Friday, November 14, 2014 @ 05:11 PM gHale

A mishandled propane tank could be the cause of an explosion and three-alarm fire that ripped through a Turano Baking Company building in suburban Oak Park, IL, Tuesday, leaving four people injured.

While three people suffered minor injuries, a fourth person ended up taken to Loyola Medical Center in serious condition, fire officials said.

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The fire started at 2:20 p.m. in Turano Bakery’s fleet maintenance garage, which sits in Oak Park, police spokesman David Powers said.

Residents in the neighborhood ended up evacuated as a precaution, officials said. In addition, 900 people were without power in Oak Park and 1,000 in Berwyn.

A series of explosions ripped through the garage, forcing thick black smoke into the air above it, crumbling the brick wall around it and making the alley behind it impassable. The fire was still going as of 3:30 p.m. and electricity to the building cut off.

Fire investigators believe the cause of the flames involved a propane tank in the garage.

“They were changing one of the propane tanks on one of the vehicles and they thought it was empty but it was full so the propane tank shot up in the air and touched one of the heating units on the ceiling,” said Oak Park Battalion Fire Chief Kevin Wiley.

The bakery resumed operations shortly after the fire.

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