House explosion alarms residents in west side Indianapolis neighborhood

Explosion sent bricks, debris flying

INDIANAPOLIS - A vacant house exploded on the city's west side early Thursday, alarming residents and scattering debris through the streets of a neighborhood near Rhodius Park.

The usually quiet neighborhood in the 1000 block of South Warman Avenue was rattled just before 1 a.m. by the explosion.

Indianapolis Fire Department crews received several 911 calls from neighbors reporting an explosion and seeing a blue flash.

When crews arrived in the neighborhood, they found debris strewn over more than two blocks from the explosion.

"There is a lot of debris. There is insulation a block and a half down the street. There are windows out down the street and a lot of siding," said IFD spokeswoman Bonnie Hensley.

One couple living in the neighborhood said a brick from the home flew through their window.

Citizens Energy spokeswoman Sarah Holsapple said a break in a residential gas line likely caused the explosion.

The vacant home was under renovation, officials said. 

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