Six people injured in west side explosion

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Six people were taken to Indianapolis hospitals Thursday night after an explosion at a west side apartment complex.

Emergency personnel were called to the 2600 block of Cold Spring Manor Drive to the Pangea Riverside apartment complex shortly after 10 p.m. That is near West 30th Street and Kessler Boulevard North Drive.

Neighbors told 24-Hour News 8 there was a loud boom. People in an upstairs apartment unit told Indianapolis Fire Department officials they smelled something before the explosion.

IFD officials say six patients were transported to local hospitals. Four patients — ranging in ages from 17 to 48 — were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in fair condition. Two of those patients, a male and female, lived downstairs. Two others, a mother and daughter, were in the apartment adjacent to where the explosion happened. As of Friday morning, those four people had been released from the hospital.

A man and woman — ages 19 and 20 — were transported to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital after suffering from burns. Their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, officials said.

Some people living nearby spoke with 24-Hour News 8 about what they saw.

“I see a bright light, moments after that, it shook, like an earthquake, and I ran upstairs to tell my dad. We went out in the backyard, and we see like debris and fire,” said Kia Hill. “Then we ran out in the front and we see the whole entire front of the house exploded outward, glass everywhere, people running in panic.”

“I was just hoping everyone made it out of the apartment,” added Hill.

“I was just in my home, cooking dinner, all of a sudden there was a loud boom. It almost felt like all of a sudden somebody ran into the building. I looked up my stairs, there was a ton of smoke. I ran outside, and saw the apartment two doors down, completely blown out,” said Yolanda Williams. “I was just scared, I wanted to get as far away as possible. Just wondering what was going to happen next, what we were going to do.”

Fire crews say some students from Marian University live at the apartment complex.

Late Thursday night, all 14 units in the building were considered unlivable due to damage or no utilities. All 23 occupants of the complex were accounted for. Apartment management worked with those displaced to find alternative shelter for the night.

Investigators are looking into what caused the explosion. Damages are estimated at $250,000.

Early Friday information was released indicating Citizens Energy testing at the scene did not find any readings of gas outside the damaged building. The scene was then turned over to investigators from IFD and IMPD who continue to work with the apartment owners and utility companies to determine the cause and origin of the explosion.

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