Explosion rattles Berwyn car wash

Berwyn, IL

Although investigators have not yet determined the cause, officials have confirmed that an explosion is what rattled a Berwyn car wash on Thursday.

Berwyn Fire Chief Denis O’Halloran said the explosion caused the car wash’s roof to lift off the foundation and fall back onto the building, and an interior wall was completely blown out.

The explosion occurred about 4:02 p.m. at the Clean & Brite car wash at 2315 Harlem Ave. Two car wash patrons suffered minor injuries during the blast, but did not require hospitalization.

Fire officials initially feared that an attendant at the car wash was buried in the rubble at the site, but a thorough search of the premises found no other victims.

O’Halloran added that two T-Mobile store employees from just across Harlem Avenue were on scene when firefighters arrived, using fire extinguishers to put out small fires.

While investigators thought that some sort of natural gas leak caused the explosion, a preliminary investigation has shown that not to be the case. The investigation continues.

All northbound traffic on Harlem Avenue was stopped between 26th Street and the car wash Thursday afternoon, but drivers were allowed to re-enter the area in time for the 5 p.m. rush hour.