Frankfort, IL –

Frankfort officials are hosting an informational meeting Saturday for homeowners affected by the Sycamore Lane explosion.

Representatives from Frankfort fire and police departments, insurance agents, architects, engineers and legal experts will be on hand to answer questions beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Hall, 14 S. Hickory Street.

“We are trying to help people get their homes repaired and get on with their lives,” said Mayor Jim Holland. “Most were friends of Clyde and Luella Reils (who were killed in the blast), so their lives will always be missing a little something.”

The meeting comes one week after natural gas caused the explosion that leveled the Reils’ home at 144 Sycamore Lane. According to village officials, 48 homes were damaged, and 12 were not initially inhabitable. The mayor said two homes have since been inspected and deemed livable.

“I expect that people will have some serious questions. The shock is over and reality is setting in,” Holland said.

Although the village has waived permit and inspection fees, homeowners should get building permits even for minor repairs to ensure the workers are licensed and repairs are done to village codes, he said.