Another Illinois Summer 2021 Explosion!
Fire chief: Students not returning to dorm Monday night after explosion
URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - An explosion happened Monday night at a student living building on the University of Illinois campus. An Illini Alert said the explosion was at Hendrick House, located at 904 W. Green St. in Urbana. It occurred in the boiler room, according to Urbana Fire Chief Chuck Lauss. Lauss said the 56 residents inside were evacuated. There were no injuries. Lauss added the explosion took the roof off a small building to the north of the residence hall. At 11 p.m., responders said it would take two to three hours to thoroughly ventilate the building. Students will be out of Hendrick House Monday night and won't be able to return until a structural engineer looks at the building to determine if it is safe. The public is asked to avoid the area. Hendrick House CEO Terrell Williams released the following update Tuesday evening: "The university was good enough to provide space for our 40+ summer residents just about a block from us while we assess the situation. We’re hoping that will only last for a day or two. "Investigators, utilities and engineers will be looking at the damages carefully this week and we should have reasonable estimates of repair timeframes next week." Source