IFD: Gas leak caused apartment explosion

INDIANAPOLIS - An explosion that blew the roof off a west-side apartment building was caused by the slow release of natural gas inside one of the units, investigators said.

The Indianapolis Fire Department released a statement Tuesday about the May 15 blast, attributing the incident to "an unintentional, accidental opening of a gas line inside the townhouse of origin."

The explosion displaced several residents at the Pangea Riverside Apartment complex, and officials estimated about $250,000 in damage.

A 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were hospitalized with burns after the explosion.


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