On Monday, May 27th, Indianapolis Fire Department officials identified the cause of the explosion at the Pangea Riverside Apartments on the northwest side of Indianapolis on May 15, 2014. The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) fire investigators issued the following statement:
“Based on investigation interviews and physical evidence presented, it is our consensus that the explosion occurred due to an unintentional, accidental opening of a gas line inside the townhouse of origin #2619. The slow release of this natural gas into the townhome interior continued over a period of time long enough to reach a point of saturation that caused an explosion…at the point when the correct mix of oxygen and an ignition source was introduced to the gas rich environment.”
Four residents, who were present at the time of the explosion, admitted smelling “dirty water” or “sewer gas” prior to the explosion. In total, 23 residents have been displaced and the damage is estimated at $250,000. Fortunately, no one was killed in the explosion, but six people were taken to area hospitals for burn injuries.
Premises liability claims may arise from this incident. A premises liability claim may be filed by a visitor or tenant when injuries are suffered due to the misconduct of negligence of the owner of a property. You may be entitled to damages for your injuries, treatment and financial loss that you’ve incurred. We recommend speaking with an attorney who’s familiar with premises liability claims, as well as fire and gas explosion injuries and claims.
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