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The residence at 1416 County Road 1700N northeast of Sullivan was leveled by an explosion Friday night, leaving one man dead and a woman injured. 

SULLIVAN — A woman who was injured in a house explosion and fire Friday night northeast of Sullivan has been transferred to Springfield Memorial Medical Center.

Chief Mike Piper of the Sullivan Fire Department said the woman, who had resided with her family at the home, was transferred on Monday from Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana to the burn unit at the Springfield hospital for further treatment.

The department reported earlier that firefighters found the injured woman outside the structure under debris shortly after they were dispatched at 9:52 p.m. Friday to the scene, 1416 County Road 1700N, west of Jonathan Creek Road.

Later, firefighters found the body of another family member, 20-year-old Jared L. Schrock, under debris. Schrock was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:10 a.m. Saturday by Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed. He is the son of home owners Larry and Ruby Schrock.

A family friend has started a Schrock family fundraiser page on www.gofundme.com to help this Amish family with home, hospital and funeral expenses.

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Piper said the explosion resulted from a propane leak, but the Illinois State Fire Marshal's office has not made a final determination yet on what caused the leak and the explosion. He said firefighters have learned that occupants of the house had tried to fix the propane leak earlier in the evening but they could still smell the odor of propane afterward.

The explosion leveled the house. The Sullivan Fire Department reported that the blast scattered debris as far as 200 feet from the residence. The structure was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene.

Sullivan firefighters were assisted by squads from Arthur, Bethany and Lovington with manpower, pumpers and tankers. Area firefighters with the MABAS Division 26 technical rescue team, based in Charleston, were called to the scene to assist in the search for and recovery of the deceased victim.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud



Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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