Barn destroyed by fire on Finney Road outside Murphysboro

A barn destroyed by an explosion and fire on Finney Road outside Murphysboro. 

MURPHYSBORO — Two people died in a structure fire outside Murphysboro on Friday afternoon, a family member of one of the deceased said at the scene.

A barn next to a house on Finney Road was engulfed in flames after an explosion, the family member said.

She said the cause of the explosion had not been determined. She was notified of the fire at 4 p.m. Friday while she was at work, and the fire had been extinguished by the time she got home.

Both individuals were working in the barn at the time of the explosion, the family member said.

The Illinois State Police is investigating the incident.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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Janis Esch is a reporter for The Southern covering Carbondale.

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