Mattoon Police continue to investigate house explosion

Mattoon Police said they expect charges to be filed soon in connection with a burglary that led to a house explosion in the city this week.

Police said the suspect, 23 year-old Shane Turnbaugh, is in stable condition at a burn unit in Springfield.  He's alleged to have broken into a home on Monday night to steal copper.  Turnbaugh's actions caused a gas leak, and when he lit a cigarette, the house exploded.

Police are still investigating the incident and said they plan to give a report to the Coles County State's Attorney soon.  Police are asking you to call them at 235-5451 if you have any information about the crime.  You can also remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers.

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