Attica neighborhood rocked by explosion

INDIANAPOLIS - A suspected natural gas explosion damaged an Indiana building Tuesday morning, officials said.

Joe Whitaker, director of Fountain County Emergency Management, said authorities believe the explosion -- at a building on Perry Street in Attica, Ind. -- was caused by natural gas, but that has not been completely confirmed.

"We'll be working with local officials to help determine what the cause of the explosion was and to work with the neighborhood to try and return it to some sense of normalcy," President of Vectren Energy Delivery North Mike Roeder said.

Officials said nobody was injured, but 15 to 20 people were evacuated from nearby homes.

Later Tuesday night, the danger remained for at least one family. Teresa Yazel and her son Josh were the only residents who weren’t allowed back into their home.

Concerns remained about the safety of their house which sits across the street from where the explosion leveled the former church.

"But Vectren's going to put us up in a hotel so we're very appreciative of that and very thankful to God that Josh was not injured in that. That that explosion did not come on across the street and get us," Yazel said.

Josh was home by himself when the explosion shook the neighborhood.

"I went to the window to see what it was and the front of the church was gone, and so, I was like, whoa!" Josh said.

The building was used as a church almost 15 years ago. In recent years, the building housed the social services agency Families United Incorporated.

Officials with Families United said they had recently moved their offices to another location in Attica. Although the group still had some belongings inside the building, it was no longer being used as their office space.

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