Updated June 29, 2019
On Monday, May 27, 2014, Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) officials identified the cause of the May 15 explosion at the Pangea Riverside Apartments on the northwest side of Indianapolis, Indiana. The 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, smelled “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.
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