Two hurt when furnace malfunctions at business

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Friday afternoon, firefighters were investigating a furnace explosion.

Officials say two people were hurt at Bodycote Thermal Processing, a business at 21st Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, on the city’s near north side.

A spokeswoman for IFD says two people were transported to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. One patient, a 30-year-old man, suffered burns to his face and chest. He was alert and conscious when transported to the hospital, but officials are calling his injuries serious. The other patient, a 29-year-old man, was treated for a possible concussion.

There was no word on the cause of the furnace malfunction, but fire officials are calling the incident a furnace explosion.

Arson investigators are looking into what caused the accident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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